It has been two years since Kirito and Eugeo left Rulid village. In the central city, the two had been admitted to the North Centoria Imperial Swordcraft Academy. There, they hone their skills as swordsmen-in-training, in order to become Integrity Knights and then search for Alice. Kirito serves as the valet of Sortiliena, the second-seat student. But after numerous drills, she catches on to the fact that Kirito is hiding his true power. At her request, Kirito promises to show her everything he’s got.