After raiding Lindisfarne, Ragnar asked Earl Haraldson to go to England again, in order to raid Hexham. When they arrive in Northumbria, they killed a small force, but one soldier managed to flee on a horse. He later warns King Aelle, who sends an host (bigger than the previous one) commanded by Lord Wigea, in order to defeat the viking raiders when they return from Hexham. After the raid, the Northmen returned to their boat, only to meet Wigea's host.
The Norse dropped the loot on the ground and prepared to battle. The Saxons made the first move, by firing a volley of arrows. Ragnar immediately shouted a shield wall, protecting the vikings from enemy fire. Then, Lord Wigea ordered his troops to charge. The two forces clashed against each other in a shield battle. The Northmen slowly started to gain the upper hand, and although Kauko perished during the fight, the Northmen managed to emerge victorious. The remnants of the Northumbrian host, along with Lord Wigea, fled from the furious vikings.
Later, the victorious raiders are seen burying their dead, with Kauko as one of them. Erik said that Kauko was his kinsman and that his death was done in King Aelle's name, and the king must pay for his death. Ragnar responds that one day he will, if the gods allow it. Lord Wigea returned to his king to deliver the news of the defeat at Whitley Bay. The furious Aelle threw Wigea into a pit of snakes and stated his intension to use said snakes on the Northmen