Team 7 agrees to continue protecting Tazuna. As they risk their lives for him, Tazuna decides to tell them why he lied about the mission. The Land of the Waves has fallen into decline after control was taken over by a man named Gato, who has brought the country into poverty to continue his illegal smuggling activities. Tazuna hopes that by building a bridge that will connect the Land of the Waves to the mainland, he can free the country from Gato’s control. To avoid this, Gato intends to kill the bridge builder. Tazuna adds that he wanted to book a mission as Rank-B, but could only afford a C-rank mission. Once they arrive in the Land of the Waves, they are attacked by Zabuza Momochi, an experienced assassin.