Orochimaru agonizes in pain at his hideout, now requiring level-ten medications just to sustain his body. Even with excruciating pain Orochimaru is preparing for his transference ritual, and Kabuto can feel Orochimaru’s further potential. Meanwhile Sasuke also senses the time is coming when he will have to face his mentor. It’s been three years since he left the Leaf Village—what decision has Sasuke come to? Now, the hawk and the serpent clash for their very existence.