At the end of the previous chapter, Jaune Arc is sent flying by school bully Cardin Winchester and lands at Team RWBY's table in the Beacon Academy cafeteria. When Cardin begins antagonizing Ruby Rose, who stepped in to defend Jaune, Professor Glynda Goodwitch appears and turns the situation into an official sparring match.
The match is spectated by numerous students, as well as Professor Ozpin. Ruby nervously freezes up due to the large audience present and the size of Cardin's weapon. As the fight begins, Ruby re-examines her reasons for wishing to become a Huntress, and remembers being saved from a pack of Beowolves by her uncle Qrow Branwen when she was just a child. With some encouragement from Weiss, Ruby easily defeats Cardin.
After the match, Ruby has a newfound confidence, and dons her signature red cloak along with her school uniform. Ozpin remarks to Glynda that the year to come will be a fun one. Elsewhere, Roman Torchwick is shown plotting.
This chapter also contains some expository narration that expounds on the purpose of Beacon Academy and the nature of Huntsmen and Huntresses.
- The chapter features a flashback, from Ruby's perspective, to the incident where Ruby and Yang were almost killed by Grimm as children, before being saved by Qrow. This incident was previously recounted from Yang's perspective in the Volume 2 episode "Burning the Candle".
- In the continuity of the show, this chapter of the manga appears to take place some time between "The Badge and The Burden, Pt.2" (judging from the nature of Ruby and Weiss' relationship) and "Forever Fall" (since Jaune is still a victim of Cardin's bullying). However, this does not appear to fit perfectly, as Ruby had already donned her red cloak with her uniform in "The Badge and The Burden", the day after the initiation, though in the manga's continuity she apparently only does so sometime later.
- It is possible that this explanation for Ruby wearing her red cloak all the time was the scene cut from Volume 1 referred to in the Directors commentary.