This episode opens with a completely different room, and a Sebastian who is wearing an outfit from a much earlier age. He enters the room and appears to be engaging in his usual morning routine, but instead of Ciel, he is serving two young princes. (One of whom is cuddling a skull instead of a toy.) This is not a “Sebastian’s Previous Masters” episode however cool that might have been. Instead, Sebastian is playing butler to a pair of assassinated princes who are haunting property Ciel would like to turn into a resort.
The scene after the opening involves Ciel learning that there has been some mysterious hauntings taking place at Ludlow Castle. (There is also a significant “show you the shot gun” scene where we see the brand that Ciel had been marked with.) He decides to investigate to find out what is going on. Oddly enough, he does not believe in ghosts (despite knowing about demons and having learned about grim reapers) though he gives his butler a suspicious look that Sebastian appears to be very amused by.
Ghosts however do exist in this series, so Ciel’s presence is immediately challenged by a young appearing ghost claiming to be Edward the Fifth, of England. Ciel decides that he has to be respectful because Edward had been king, so he has Sebastian formally present him to Edward. Our favorite anti-hero attempts to reason with the ghost, but the ghost is naturally enough, not happy about the idea of vacating the residence. The ghost of Edward’s younger brother Richard however, takes a liking to Sebastian, so Edward proposes a challenge; a chess game with vacating the castle or keeping Sebastian as the stakes.
Ciel is very confident, but Edward has supernatural powers and uses them to win the game. Ciel reacts poorly to this, but Sebastian points out that Ciel has forgotten his own creed about winning at any cost. So Ciel gets another Learning Experience, and Sebastian gets to play butler to Edward and Richard while Ciel tries to find his way out of the predicament he has gotten himself into. Fortunately, Edward is pleased enough with the outcome of the game that he’d like to play with Ciel again, so he graciously states that Ciel is welcome as a guest. Our anti-hero somewhat sullenly accepts the invitation.
Sebastian goes about a number of daily chores, with Richard following him around, holding the skull. Sebastian suggests a change of clothes, but the ghost refuses to put the skull down, so Sebastian backs off. He questions Richard about the skull, but Richard refuses to say whom the skull belongs to. Ciel meanwhile, is researching the disappearance and probable murder of Edward the Fifth and his brother Richard. While he’s reading and asking a loud who might have killed Edward and his brother, Edward makes an appearance, stating that he himself doesn’t know how he died. Ciel states that Edward is very gracious, because he himself would never forget who had disgraced him. They talk some more, and then its dinner time.
Ciel attempts to get some information from Sebastian, but Sebastian insists on playing “the King’s Butler” and tells Ciel to mind his manners. (This is what happens when you aren’t careful with your direct orders Ciel.) Sebastian further lectures Ciel about correct dinner conversation, much to Ciel’s outrage. (Since the person sitting next to him is actually way on the other end of a very, very long dinner table.) Ciel is also not really happy about the situation where Sebastian is now the ghosts’ butler.
Later that night, Ciel wakes up and sees that Sebastian had left him a set of 13th Century style clothes, which Ciel puts on. Unfortunately, for him he has some difficulty with the shoelaces. (He has never had to tie them himself before.) Sebastian makes a sudden appearance, and ties them for him, teasing him about it as he does so. (Ciel is not happy about this.) Ciel tries to get some information out of Sebastian, but Sebastian continues to make fun of Ciel and his inability to tie his own shoes. Sebastian chooses to state that he had simply come by because he had been told to attend to “the guest.” (The shadows do not entirely hide his smirk as he leaves the room.)
Ciel leaves his room and sees that Edward is walking down the hall. He follows, and sees the ghost disappear into a bookcase. Closer investigation reveals that the books on that shelf are false and that there is a secret passage concealed by the bookcase. Ciel is about to try figuring out how to get into the passage when Sebastian turns up with the key. Ciel is not happy that Sebastian is acting on his own, but Sebastian states that he is only anticipating the needs of a guest.
The secret passage leads to a crypt. Edward claims that the crypt had been a dungeon where heretics and other people the Church did not want to bury had been left. Also in the room is a macabre chess set with skulls serving as the chess pieces. Edward identifies the skulls as belonging to his relatives. Ciel notes that one of the knight places had been left empty, and Edward states that his brother Richard’s skull should go there. The reason why it isn’t there is because Richard won’t give up his skull (which he carries around with him everywhere). Edward believes that if he can complete the set, Richard will be at peace and go to heaven.
Ciel decides to help by ordering Sebastian to get the skull, and the chess set. Edward wants to know what Ciel is up to, and Ciel says that he wants to grant Edward’s wish. (He has the world’s creepiest smile on his face when he says this, too.)
So basically, what happens is that Sebastian and Ciel stage an intervention of sorts. Sebastian turns up with Richard in tow and takes away the skull. Edward becomes extremely agitated because his brother Richard is crying. He attacks Sebastian, who easily evades him. Then Sebastian stands in such a way (while holding Richard) that Edward has a flash back to the moment when Edward had seen his brother murdered. Edward tries to order Sebastian to obey him, but Sebastian states that he had only been following Ciel’s orders.
Ciel heads over to the chess set, but it turns out that the skull did not belong to Richard after all. Instead, it is revealed that the bodies of both of the princes had been chopped up and thrown in the Thames. With this realization, Edward is finally at peace with his death. Farewells are said in which Ciel promises to leave the castle as it is. Edward thanks him, and he and his brother both take a boat ride to infinity.
Of course, the next morning the workmen go back to remodeling the castle, which prompts Edward to call Ciel a liar. (Though he doesn’t sound particularly upset about Ciel’s fib.) As side episodes go, I think I like this one the most.