The episode begins with a noble being escorted by his bodyguards. They come across a ghostly figure on a roof. The guards shove their spears into it and it disappears. It re-appears at the nobles coach window and says that he was responsible for "their deaths". The ghost then disappears.
Back in the Village Hidden in the Leaves, Naruto is goofing around wanting to go on a mission or at least get some training in. In the next scene, Kakashi is reading a request from The Land of Birds. They have requested help in dealing with the ghost named Noroimusha. Kakashi wonders why Tsunade would take the mission. Tsunade says the man that came for the request was very persistent and a short scene is shown about the request.
Later at the local ramen shop, Naruto is enjoying a meal when the same man keeps watching him. After confronting the man, Naruto offers to buy him lunch. The man, Shishima, tells Naruto his story. Naruto gets mad because he thinks that Tsunade took the money and did not want to help him. We find out later, after a funny scene, that this is not the case. Tsunade sends Naruto, Neji, and Tenten to the Land of Birds to find out what is going on. We also learn that Naruto is scared of ghosts.
After a long trip the group makes it to the village only to hear a commotion at the house of Koumei, the strategist who is a prime suspect. They spot the ghost and take off after it, except Shishima. After they follow the ghost to a building, Neji uses his Byakugan to look inside the building and cannot detect a human presence. The ghost appears and Naruto and Tenten attack. Their weapons hit the ghost which causes Naruto to believe that there is someone inside the armor. Naruto knocks the ghost to the ground only to find the armor empty.