When Kino comes across three men who are starving to death in the snow, she is left with two options either to save them or else leave them to die by sparing the three rabbits that she has to hunt to feed them.
Kino has found her way into a city where a modernized form of gladiator combat is the norm, and the citizens' cheer with glee for the combatants. The winner becomes a citizen of the kingdom and gets the chance to make a new rule for the realm.
When Kino hears of a land where travelers are shunned, she decides to visit anyway and experience the people's attitude for herself. To her surprise, however, the inhabitants are extremely friendly and welcoming.
While searching for a technologically advanced country, Kino and Hermes find an old woman who claims to be a maid. The lifelike android is more than happy to assist them, as are her creators and family.
Kino and Hermes make their way to the Land of Books, a country whose library gathers all the books in the world but locks away those considered ‘harmful', leaving only the most wholesome and inoffensive out on display.