Uhtred's scheming uncle claims his lands; Aelfric becomes a puppet-lord for the Danes; Uhtred is captured by his father's killers.
Uhtred and Brida are fugitives, running from Aelfric; Uhtred pleads his innocence to a Viking warlord, but he is not believed.
Uhtred wins the protection of Alfred, but his commitment to the new king spells trouble.
King Alfred makes a tactical play that keeps Uhtred close at heel, but Uhtred realizes the ruse; a battle looms over Wessex.
Uhtred volunteers for a stealth mission to outflank the Danes and destroy their ships, but is challenged to a fight with Ubba.
Uhtred and Leofric lead a raiding party into Cornwall; the party become mercenaries; Uhtred attracts the attention of a beautiful sorceress queen.
As a consequence of their actions in Cornwall, Uhtred and Leofric face off in a death match; the Danes launch an invasion on Wessex.
A united King Alfred and Uhtred leave the cover of the marshes and make a rallying call to all Saxon armies.