Guts is a man with nothing left to lose. He is a brilliant fighter with no allegiances to anyone, so he is an easy target to be forced into a band of mercenaries called the Band of Hawks. They are led by a man named Griffith, who has a dream of becoming king. But are his ambitions good-natured, as he says, or is he just a power-hungry tyrant? Guts has to make a choice about what he stands for, if he is capable of standing for anything.