On her way to the Sand Village, Temari encounters Kakashi and his team. Kakashi admonishes Naruto when he tries to rush ahead, and Naruto explodes with anger toward the Akatsuki. As one who also houses a tailed beast inside his body, Naruto understands Gaara’s suffering and considers him a comrade. Meanwhile, Kankuro is rescued, but he is on the verge of death, having been infected with a mysterious poison. If no antidote is found, he has only a few days to live.