An urgent message from the Sand Village detailing the Akatsuki’s kidnapping of the Kazekage reaches the Hidden Leaf Village. Tsunade wastes no time in ordering Team Kakashi to the Sand Village. Meanwhile, Kankuro begins his battle against the Akatsuki. But one after another, his puppet tactics are easily countered. His opponent turns out to be the one who developed Kankuro’s puppet technique, the ingenious puppet master of the Sand, Sasori of the Red Sand.