The setting for this anime is during war times. A country is being invaded, so this anime does have heavy military themes.
This anime starts out with the main male lead, Ikta, lounging in a tree. Ikta has to board a ship heading to an island with his little friend/pet named Kus. After this scene, the anime then transitions to the female lead named Lady Yatori, who is preparing to be a high-level officer.
Ikta is not very well respected by his peers like Lady Yatori is, but despite this, Lady Yatori recruits Ikta's help to help her pass the high-level officer exchange exam by rigging it for her. In exchange, Lady Yatori will use her connections to get Ikta the job that he wants.
Lady Yatori wants to cheat on this exam because of the intense amount of pressure on her as the oldest daughter of a high upper class family, the Igsem family. Everyone expects Lady Yatori to score high on the exam, and she does not want to disappoint them. Thus, Ikta agrees to help Lady Yatori, but he wants nothing to do with the army again after he does this favor for her.
All those who passed one of the military exams ended up on a boat together, so Lady Yatori and Ikta are on this same boat with everyone. It is here on this boat that they meet Haro, Matthew, and Torway. Everyone shares a cabin together on this ship, and they all must prepare for another exam, which is why they are together on this ship.
While on the ship, everyone bonds together, relaxes, and plays chess together. Unfortunately, during their travels, the ship becomes very rocky because of a terrible storm. This storm causes the ship to flood, and everyone has to escape on lifeboats. One girl though slips into the water off of the ship and almost drowns, but Ikta fortunately jumps into the water and saves her in time.
When the girl who almost drowned wakes up, she is in a cave with Lady Yatori, Haro, and Matthew who are keeping warm beside a fire. This girl who almost drowned is introduced as the third princess of the Katjvarna Empire named Chamille. Chamille actually met Lady Yatori in the past when she was a very young child.
Others from the ship survived the storm as well, and they are surveying the surrounding area. While doing this, they discover that they are in enemy territory, Kioka Republic territory. Given this situation, they only have two options: They can surrender as prisoners of war and possibly be killed or tortured, or they can try to escape across the border.
Everyone is unsure which option they should take, so they decide to take a day or two to think about it. During this time, they continue to bond with each other and become closer.
The nature scenes of the surrounding area are so stunning in this anime! This anime is just so beautiful graphically, like pure art!
Watching this anime so far, I really like it! It is beautiful, soothing, and stimulating graphically, and it has a great plot that is easy to understand and not too difficult to follow, so I definitely plan to continue on watching this anime. I think this is a great anime for those who like action, adventure, history, and political animes. However, if you like more simple school-themed romantic animes, then this one may not suit you.