On a lonely cliff a young man and a girl and her servant are being attacked by a group of four ninjas. The servant sends word to the Hidden Leaf for aid, the young man and girl named Utakata and Hotaru leave while the servant stays behind to fight. Back in the Leaf village, Lady Tsunade receives the message that was sent out, and tells Shizune of a clan named the Tsuchigumo and an elder named En No Gyoju who developed a forbidden jutsu.
The Leaf ninja fail to capture Itachi and also lose track of Sasuke. Calling off their pursuit, the team is heading back to the village when an urgent assignment from Lady Tsunade comes in. She sends Katsuyu to inform them that the barrier of Mount Katsunagi of the Tsuchigumo Clan, which holds a powerful forbidden jutsu, is broken. The mission stems from a treaty between the Third Hokage and the En no Gyoja of the Tsuchigumo Clan. While Kakashi and Team 8 head back to the Leaf Village, Team 7, lead by Yamato, must check out what events are taking place.
Team 7 arrive at Mount Katsunagi moments after the attack took place. They find the servant who informs them on the whereabouts of Hotaru. Meanwhile, Hotaru is speaking with Utakata about wanting to learn from him and his jutsu, but disregards her intentions. She continues to plead, which causes him to lash out, and Naruto intervenes thinking he's attacking Hotaru. Fortunately, Team 7 shows up to stop the fight and Nartuo apologizes for the misunderstanding. Utakata, thinking his task to watch over Hotaru was now unnecessary, leaves immediately who blows a bubble and floats away.