Genre: History, Drama, Action
The world was searching for its new power. And Anatolia was a realm where the empires were fighting. In 1071, the Turks had entered this land, and now the Crusaders and Mongolians wanted a piece of it, too. The Mediterranean, the Black Sea, the Balkans, the Caucasia, and the Mesopotamia were searching for their new master. And within this turbulent scene, the hero of our story, Ertugrul was searching for a land for his camp of 400 tents. The Kayıs were left homeless for years, and were asking for a homeland from Ertugrul to end their suffering, ordeals, and journey.
“In this struggle are the spies, traitors, and knights;
On this journey are intrigue, danger and death;
In this story are camaraderie, sacrifice, courage and valor;
In this saga is an enthralling love.”
With the Mongol invasions, oppression and slaughters, Turkic tribes flee from Central Asia. The Kayi tribe is one of Oghuz Turkic people with four hundred large nomad tents settling in Anatolia. But they get through a difficult time due to famine. All these nomads want to migrate to a better place where they can start a new life. Suleyman Shah (Serdar Gökhan) is the leader of the Kayi tribe and his two sons Gündoğdu and Ertuğrul are reliable to him.
Ertuğrul (Engin Altan Düzyatan) is a young brave man and the younger son of Suleyman Shah. He often goes hunting with his three close men. One of these days, they come across prisoners taken by the knights of the Knights Templar. Ertuğrul and his three men save the lives of a young girl named Halime (Esra Bilgiç) and her family from the knights and kill them all. They bring them to their tribe without knowing their true identity. Halime and her family belong to a noble family of the Seljuk Empire and were to be executed if Ertuğrul did not save them. Due to the fear of being caught, they do not reveal their true identity. However, their arrival brings new difficulties to the Kayi tribe: the Seljuk Empire is threaten to have war if they do not let their guests go and the Knights Templar is seeking for revenge. For this reason some nomads start to blame Suleyman Shah for not being able to be a good leader. This suits up well for Kurdoğlu, swore brother of Suleyman Shah, who has a hidden agenda. Suleyman Shah takes action and sends Ertuğrul on a vital mission for finding new land. For this reason, Ertuğrul and his three men go to Aleppo in order to make an agreement with the Sultan. They set off a chain of events that ultimately will lead to the founding of the Ottoman Empire.