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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.
As Ragnor prepares for his first journey into the unknown Western lands, the suspicion and paranoia of Earl Haraldson escalates.
A monastery in Lindesfarne is the first victim to Ragnar and his men.
Earl Haraldson allows Ragnor to return to England, where an explosion of violence and mayhem are unleashed onto the unsuspecting town of Hexam.
When a paranoid Earl Haraldson learns from a seer that Ragnar wants him dead, he orders Ragnor's farm and home burned to the ground.
When Ragnar discovers that Earl Haraldson ordered Rollo's torture, a confrontation between the two men is inevitable.
As Ragnar sails three ships towards King Aelle, he offers peace in exchange for ransom.
Athelstan comes to realise just how strong his Christian faith remains, when he accompanies Ragnar and Lagertha on the traditional Viking pilgrimage to Uppsalla.
While a plague ravages the village of Kattegat, Ragnar sets off towards Götaland, where he must settle land dispute with Jarl Borg.