Noda Megumi and Chiaki Shinichi are finally studying abroad in Paris. Nodame is overjoyed to be in Europe, although she struggles to adjust to her studies and the French culture. She looks to Chiaki for help, but he's occupied with his conducting and has no time for her, even leaving her behind to go on a world tour. Nodame is devastated and falls into a funk, nearly giving up on piano altogether. As the traveling Chiaki begins to realize how much he wants Nodame around, Nodame finally understands she doesn't need anyone else but herself to excel at music.