Naruto Uzumaki is back! After two and a half years of training on the road with Jiraiya, one of the Legendary Sannin, Naruto is back in the Village Hidden in the Leaves, and he's ready to show off his new skills. He and Sakura team up to take on their old Sensei, Kakashi, who's pretty impressed with their progress.
The rogue ninja Furido attempts to use the Lightning Style Jutsu of the Guardian Shinobi to rain destruction on the Leaf Village. The ninja are running out of chakra. Does Naruto have enough power to save the village? Then, the Akatsuki are working their way from one Jinchuriki to another, and it's only a matter of time until they get to Naruto!
Gaara of the Sand has been kidnapped, and Team Kakashi are on their way! Sakura uses her skills as a Medical Ninja to treat the wounded Kankuro, impressing everyone with her sure and steady hands.
Naruto is troubled by nightmares after his second failed attempt to bring Sasuke home. Kakashi, recovering in the hospital, suggests a new training regimen for Naruto that puts him in touch with his wind chakra nature. Naruto seeks advice from another wind type, the Leaf jonin Asuma. Then, when Tsunade sends Team Kakashi on a mission to the Fire Temple, the truth about a shocking event involving Asuma and the Twelve Ninja Guardians begins to unfold.