After the fall of Wall Maria, Dauper began suffering from food shortages as the influx of refugees led to more people settling in the area than could be supported by hunting. As a result, some began to feel that they should cease their ancestral practice of hunting in favor of growing crops, which is a more efficient way of producing food. The government also offered to pay them if they would begin breeding horses. Artur Braus was one of the people who adopted this view, stating that humans should work together for the benefit of all. Sasha, in contrast, resented the thought of outsiders forcing them to give up their traditional lifestyle. This conflict between the two led to Sasha leaving home and joining the Military.
When Titans unexpectedly appear within Wall Rose, Miche Zacharius splits the rookies under his supervision into four groups and sends them to warn the nearby villages. Sasha, assigned to the north squad, is headed in the direction of Dauper. She encounters a new village, built in the area within the last three years, that is under attack by Titans. After saving a child who was left behind during the evacuation and fighting a Titan with a bow and arrows, Sasha heads into the forest. There, she encounters a group of people from her village, including her father, who have been going around giving horses to people in the area. Sasha joins them, joyfully stating, "I'm home."
After escaping from prison and running all night, Gabi Braun and Falco Grice take a break by a river. Falco suggests Gabi take off her armband to avoid standing out, but she says no ordinary person will know what it means anyway. Falco is concerned the soldiers will though, and they already do not know if they will make it back home. However, Gabi does not care, planning only to make it far enough to get answers out of Zeke Jaeger before she is killed.
She tells Falco he does not have to follow her. He agrees and tears off her armband, prompting Gabi to knock him to the ground to demand it back. She feels the armband marks her as a good Eldian and without it she is the same as the "island devils." She takes her armband back and tearfully asks Falco why he came with her to the airship.
Before he can answer, they are interrupted by the arrival of Kaya who asks where they came from so early in the morning. Gabi says they ran away from home as she reaches for a rock to throw, but Kaya accepts her answer and invites them to eat at her home.
When they arrive at the rural house where Kaya lives, she asks them to wait outside. Gabi notices the corralled horses nearby and suggests escaping on one before the soldiers catch up with them. She also does not want to eat alongside "devils," but Kaya quickly calls them in and Falco tells Gabi to let him do the talking.
Falco introduces them to the Braus family as siblings Ben and Mia and offers to work if the family will let them stay for a few days. Artur Braus welcomes them and says there is no need for them to bow. They can stay as long as they like and he invites them to breakfast.
They sit down and Lisa Braus tries to pat Gabi on the head, only for Gabi to push her arm away in horror. Though the other children at the table are shocked, Lisa apologizes, saying that Gabi must have been through a lot. Falco apologizes as well and digs into his breakfast in an attempt to break the tension. He tries to get Gabi to eat as well, and she reluctantly takes a bite.
Gabi and Falco clean the stables when Gabi is unfortunately bitten on the head by a horse. Falco doubts there is a horse that would let her ride it, and she retorts that she was not trained to ride one anyway. Gabi does not like staying here because she does not feel they will learn anything, but Falco thinks it is better than roaming around. They can wait for help since he believes that eventually the outside world will attack the island.
Kaya calls them to lunch and says they are quick learners. When Falco asks, she explains that the reason so many of the workers here are young is because they are all orphans, having lost their parents four years ago. Gabi takes this moment to say that Kaya has not accepted her guilt and asks if she has forgotten the atrocities committed by the people of the island.