Back on the Shattered Plains, Dalinar and Adolin Kholin are also engaged in the War of Reckoning, though Dalinar is beginning to doubt the success of the war in avenging his brother's death. He is also experiencing strange visions during Highstorms leading to Adolin doubting his sanity and ability to lead their family and army.
Kaladin eventually begins rebelling against the slavery, training his fellow members of Bridge Four, and attempting to improve their survivability, against the wishes of the army's leadership.
Dalinar attempts to unite and coordinate the other warcamps by teaming up with Torol Sadeas for a skirmish at the Tower, who then betrays him and falls back leaving Dalinar trapped on the plateau. Bridge Four returns to help Dalinar's army escape, and Kaladin becomes a Surgebinder and rescues Dalinar from Eshonai.
After returning to the warcamps, Dalinar confronts Sadeas and trades his Shardblade for all of the bridgemen.