Gaara, his strength completely exhausted, is whisked away by Deidara. Kankuro ignores Baki’s efforts to stop him and immediately sets out in pursuit with a platoon to rescue Gaara. But the Akatsuki has set up ingenious traps, and one by one, the Sand ninja fall. Kankuro’s determination pulls him through, and he alone catches up to the Akatsuki. Back at the Hidden Leaf Village, Naruto’s new squad welcomes the day of their first mission.