Between the [[Land of Waves Arc]] and [[Chūnin Exam Arc]], [[Team 7]] is given a mission to search for a missing man, [[Genmai]], from the [[Inaho Village]]. While doing reconnaissance, [[Kakashi Hatake]] finds Genmai but gets stuck in a trap spell technique. [[Naruto Uzumaki]], [[Sakura Haruno]] and [[Sasuke Uchiha]] get ambushed by a group of [[missing-nin]] and their leader, [[Kajika]], who have orders from [[Orochimaru]] to test Sasuke's strength and abilities. The group kidnaps Sakura, resulting in Naruto and Sasuke teaming up to get her back. In the end, it turns out to be a flashback of Sasuke's, who is shown standing beside [[Tobi]], claiming he was remembering something frivolous.
Between the [[Prologue — Land of Waves]] and [[Chūnin Exams (Arc)|Chūnin Exams]] arcs, Team 7 is waiting for Kakashi, who is late again, to start a new mission (B-ranked as Sasuke states). The team sets off while Kakashi explains that [[Genmai]] from the [[Inaho Village]] is missing, who has vanished in the hills. While doing reconnaissance, [[Kakashi Hatake]] finds Genmai, who is being attacked by a dog, but gets stuck in a [[Fūinjutsu Trap|trap]]. The rest of the team got ambushed by a [[Team Kajika|group]] of [[missing-nin]] and their leader, [[Kajika]], who have orders from [[Orochimaru]] to test [[Sasuke]]'s strength and abilities. While [[Yamame]] attacks Sasuke and [[Iwana (missing-nin)|Iwana]] attacks [[Naruto]], [[Sakura]] is kidnapped by Kajika. Naruto and Sasuke then go in pursuit, with Sasuke rather waiting for Kakashi to get back, but Naruto doesn't want to lose sight of Sakura. The following conversation between the missing-nin shows that their true purpose is testing Sasuke's strength for [[Orochimaru]]. A fight takes place between Yamame, Iwana, Naruto and Sasuke, in which Naruto and Sasuke get the upper-hand. Disguised, they go to Kajika, only to be soon detected to be imposters. Feeling Kajika is far more skilled in both [[ninjutsu]] and [[taijutsu]] than they are, Sasuke begins to doubt whether victory is possible. When the two finally start working together, using Sasuke's [[Sharingan]] to see Kajika's chakra and Naruto's attacks, they misguide Kajika in thinking they are just attacking him with [[kunai]], while they where actually setting up a trap with [[wire strings]], capturing him. Kajika hears Orochimaru's voice, telling him he served his purpose and then begins to talk to Sasuke. After Orochimaru releases Kajika from his control, his body explodes, resulting his death. Elsewhere, he and [[Kabuto]] discuss about Sasuke. Team 7 returns Genmai to his son.