Kirito and Eugeo are now considered criminals for having violated the Taboo Index. The Integrity Knight who appears before them is Alice Synthesis Thirty.
She's unmistakably Alice Zuberg, their childhood friend who was penalized as a young girl, but she seems to have no memory of the time she spent with Kirito and Eugeo. In fact, she is a completely different person, much to their consternation. As serious offenders, the boys are thrown into the underground prison in the Central Cathedral. Meanwhile, on the Ocean Turtle in the real world, Asuna is watching over Kazuto as he’s being treated, when a curious-looking robot appears before her.