When safely back at Kattegat with King Horik, Ragnar only trusts those who stood by him.
Justice is dealt to Jarl Borg, and allies are made on both sides of the sea.
Ragnar receives an unexpected offer from King Horik and Lagertha's new husband doesn't seem overly pleased to see her. Meanwhile, Athelstan becomes King Ecbert's trusted aide.
Lagertha is once again reunited with Ragnar and Bjorn make another choice. Meanwhile, Athelstan finds it difficult to define his faith and Aslaug has to accept the consequences of her prophecies.
While Ragnar meets Ecbert in search of a compromise, Rollo must lead his people. Meanwhile, Jarl Borg imposes a strict rule on Kattegat.
Four years have passed and Ragnar leads a new series of raids on England.
While a plague ravages the village of Kattegat, Ragnar sets off towards Götaland, where he must settle land dispute with Jarl Borg.
Athelstan comes to realise just how strong his Christian faith remains, when he accompanies Ragnar and Lagertha on the traditional Viking pilgrimage to Uppsalla.
When Ragnar discovers that Earl Haraldson ordered Rollo's torture, a confrontation between the two men is inevitable.
Earl Haraldson allows Ragnor to return to England, where an explosion of violence and mayhem are unleashed onto the unsuspecting town of Hexam.
It is 793 AD and Viking warrior Ragnar Lothbrok wants to go to the West in search of riches, rather than following the old tradition of raiding the East. However, getting the permission of Head Man, Earl Haraldson, is not going to be easy.moreless
The Franco-Spanish Frontier, 1813 A carriage travelling through the Spanish countryside is ambushed by French soldiers and a young nun flees in terror. Later, the soldiers themselves are attacked by the British and the French colonel kills his captain and trades uniforms. The French soldier claims to be Captain Dumas and surrenders himself to Sharpe. Sharpe is suspicious, but before he can question Dumas further, Col Berkeley of the South Essex accepts the man's parole. The terrified young nun emerges from the woods and attaches herself to Sharpe. Struck dumb with fear, she is unable to tell Sharpe who she is or what happened. Later, Munro tells Sharpe that Napoleon has sent a French colonel to capture a British agent called El Mirador. Sharpe is ordered to go to Villafranca to kill the colonel. At Villafranca, Sharpe is dismayed to discover that an old enemy, Sir Henry Simmerson, is in charge of the town. He pompously declares that the French are no threat and is immediately proved wrong when they attack and Dumas escapes. Sharpe's suspicions are proven correct when he is revealed as Leroux, the colonel intent on killing El Mirador. The South Essex mount an attack, but just before Sharpe can kill Leroux, he is gravely wounded and lost in the fray.moreless