Gaara meets with Fugi, the mastermind behind the assassination attempt on his life. He confides that perhaps, after all the fear and pain he has wrought upon the Sand, he has no right to be their leader. But there are those who accept him without prejudice–the next generation. Gaara, who has never felt this more deeply than during the Chunin Exams, tells Fugi to take his life, and his life alone, without involving the young shinobi. Meanwhile, Fuu, who has learned that there is someone very much like her by the name of Naruto, sets out to meet him.