Amid news reports of "ghoul" attacks nearby, Ken Kaneki is interested in Rize, a girl at a local coffee shop. When Kaneki discovers the two share a favorite author, he asks her out. However, their date ends in tragedy!
Kaneki fights the urge to eat human flesh, the only thing that can satisfy his hunger as a ghoul. He meets up with Hide again, joining him on an errand, and is glad for the companionship. But will his declining condition place Hide at risk?
Yoshimura teaches Kaneki more about how to blend in with mankind and takes in a mother and daughter needing protection. Two ghoul investigators are assigned to the 20th Ward. In response, Touka takes Kaneki out to have a mask made for him.
When Touka falls ill, Kaneki pays her a visit that has unexpected consequences. Meanwhile, as Nishiki is recovering from his run-in with Kaneki, he is nearly preyed upon by other ghouls. Tsukiyama remains consumed with the idea of having Kaneki.
After Kaneki and Hinami witness Ryoko's fate, the personnel at Anteiku are grieved, and Touka decides to take matters into her own hands. Kaneki is fed up with not being able to do anything, and makes up his mind to become involved.