Yamato sends a message from the Fire Temple back to Konoha, where Shizune reports its contents to Tsunade. She ponders over the latest string of events - the grave robberies of three of the Twelve Guardian Ninja, the Akatsuki's plans, Orochimaru supposedly returning to hiding following his encounter against Team Yamato and finally, Danzō Shimura himself, a village elder who is attempting to overthrow the current regime. Wanting to deal with the internal affairs first, Tsunade has Shizune dispatch Anbu members not affiliated with Root to observe Danzō at all times. At home, Danzō muses over Sai's request to stay on Team Kakashi, but before he can give it anymore thought, he senses the presence of the Anbu. Wondering what Tsunade is up to, he tells himself not to worry as he holds all the cards in his favor.
In the woods near the Fire Temple, Chiriku tells Yamato that the coffins must be heavy and that the only escape route is to the south. When they reach a valley, they notice the four coffins moving through the ground. Fearing it may be a trap, Yamato tells Chiriku to stay behind while the rest apprehend the coffins. Pairing Sai with Sakura and Sora with Naruto, the five pursue the coffins. As Naruto and Sora fight amongst each other to lead the mission, the coffins begin to go underground. Elsewhere, Furido, the man behind the operation, orders his four-man team to deal with the ones following the coffins. Using her scroll as a medium for her terrain-altering technique, Fuen draws out a new terrain filled with traps. Her terrain design is brought to life by Fudō, using his Earth Release: Mutability technique. As Team Yamato and Sora were confined within a maze riddled with traps, they were then each separated. Sakura and Sai went off to look for Naruto, who had nearly avoided being crushed by a rolling boulder. He is then faced by Fūka, who blames the trap evasion as a mistake on Fuen's part. Yamato uses his Wood Release to avoid being buried alive, but finds himself face-to-face with Fudō, the latter being impressed over his Wood Release ability. Coating himself with Rock Armour, he attempts to use his Chakra Enhanced Strength to kill Yamato, who manages to avoid the strike. Meanwhile, Sai is riding his giant ink bird in an effort to escape the maze, only to be stopped by Fuen, who manages to place a tracking device on Sai.