The Sand ninja fight against time to treat Kankuro. Even the Sand’s poison expert, Granny Chiyo, is baffled. The only hope lies with the reinforcements sent by Tsunade. But Naruto, Sakura and Kakashi are delayed by a sandstorm. Back in the Hidden Leaf Village, Tsunade worries about Kakashi’s squad, and assuming the worst, she sends Guy and his squad, who have just returned from a mission. Meanwhile, the Akatsuki reach their hideout with Gaara and commence with the Sealing Jutsu: Nine Phantom Dragons.