It tells the sweeping story of the Sengoku, or Warring, period of Japanese history through the eyes of Chiyo, the loyal wife of lord Kazutoyo Yamauchi. Behind this facade shines through the love the two protagonist share for one another. Her intelligence impressed both Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and later Tokugawa Ieyasu. Kazutoyo returns from the horse fair to tell Chiyo of a magnificent horse coveted by everyone, but too expensive for anyone to buy. Hideyoshi lays siege to Katsuie's castle, but is obsessed with rescuing Lady Ichi.
Kazutoyo's raise causes his comrade-in-arms and closest friends to keep their distance. Kazutoyo is overjoyed as he is reunited with his missing brother Yasutoyo. I do that sometimes, read the end of a book I'm reading. Despite his serious injury Kazutoyo volunteers to join Hideyoshi as rear guard to cover Nobunaga's retreat. They are praised and rewarded by Nobunaga for their bravery. He sends Kazutoyo as an emissary to guarantee safe passage for Lady Ichi and her three daughters.
During the test, the bracelet malfunctions, leading Ling Ling Qi's electro brain waves to be keyed into Bai Hai's dream sequence, which allowed Ling Ling Qi to enter Bai Hai's dreams. Of course, all these might not necessarily historically accurate, but at least that is what the series implied. The emotional side was also easily beaten out by the one seen on Atsu-Hime. Kazutoyo lived during the end of the Sengoku period 1546-1605. Kamikawa Takaya played as Yamauchi Kazutoyo, while Kagawa Teruyuki played as Rokuheita, a shinobi loyal to Chiyo. Kazutoyo and his senior retainers are shocked to recognize Rokuheita's wife as Korin, the woman Kazutoyo had an affair with, who they now know is an enemy spy. Oda Nobunaga is at the height of his power and showing every sign of being corrupted by it.
Fear sweeps through Nagahama as Hideyoshi and all his retainers, including Kazutoyo, could be put to death as traitors. Kazutoyo is reprimanded by Hideyoshi for his carelessness. Hideyoshi has Kazutoyo and his retainers lay siege to one of Nobunaga's retainers. Shinemon is asked to stay on as Kazutoyo's advisor. They will experience personal tragedies and triumphs and witness the rise and fall of titans. The Yamauchi clan is in high spirits as Kazutoyo becomes Lord of Nagahama Castle. Kazutoyo's loyal retainer Goto Kichibei resolves to redeem his master's honor by being the first to break through the enemy castle.
Kazutoyo confesses his infidelity to Chiyo, causing her to leave him and stay with her aunt and uncle. For saving Lady Ichi and her children from the fall of Odani castle Kazutoyo is rewarded with an increase in stipend. Husband and wife will live through the most turbulent time in Japanese history, Sengoku Jidai, the Age of Warring States. Ichi and Chiyo bid each other a final farewell as their husbands will soon be on opposing sides. People overseas are lucky because they can watch the show with English subtitles.
The dissension among Nobunaga's generals continue. Kazutoyo gives his word to Lady Ichi that all her children will be spared. Chiyo's uncle tries to convince her to forgive Kazutoyo and return to him. Hideyoshi's wife Nene realizes that Lady Ichi's oldest daughter Chacha has become a rival for her husband's affection. Korin treats Kazutoyo's wound and in a moment of weakness Kazutoyo shares his bed with Korin.
Kazutoyo faces his first test as castle lord by providing food and shelter to one of Hideyoshi's large armies passing through Nagahama. Nobunaga's cruelty is causing dissension among his generals. One of them was his decision to side with Tokugawa Ieyasu at the Battle of Sekigahara. Nobunaga suspects Hideyoshi of treason and confines him to his castle. Chiyo tries to console Asahi who is still grieving the loss of her husband Gensuke and feels betrayed by her brother, and blames Kazutoyo and Chiyo. Chiyo gives Kazutoyo the money given by her uncle on her wedding to buy the horse.
Despite the defeat Hideyoshi becomes Imperial Regent and vows to make Ieyasu submit. I still have a lot of crap. Hideyoshi's wife Nene confides in Chiyo of Hideyoshi's womanizing. Hideyoshi disagrees with Nobunaga's strategy and leaves the battlefield without permission. Rather than concentrating on the grand spectacle of the period, the show focuses on the relationship between husband and wife through those tumultuous and turbulent times, with the wars as a more of a backdrop.