Shikamaru Hiden: A Cloud Drifting in Silent Darkness (Shikamaru Hiden — Yami no Shijima ni Ukabu Kumo, Viz – Naruto Shikamaru’s Story — A Cloud Drifting in the Silent Dark, シカマル秘伝 闇の黙に浮ぶ雲 ) is an original story written by the Takashi Yano and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It is the 2 book of the Naruto Hiden series.
Two year’s after the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Shikamaru Nara lies on the roof of the Hokage Residence in Konohagakure, wondering how his life went so awry. Once he wanted to spend his days watching the cloud’s, having an unremarkable life that would end with the an unremarkable death. Starting with his promotion to chunin, however, he was increasingly heaped with responsibilitie’s, culminating with his most recent job of advising the five Kage and the coordinating missions for the Shinobi Union the successor to the Allied Shinobi Forces. Shikamaru nara decides that he won’t get up until somebody else forces him to.
While watching the sunset, Shikamaru nara sees one of Sai’s ink bird’s approaching the office of Kakashi, the Hokage. Eager to finally have news about Sai’s mission, Shikamaru nara rushes to the Hokage to hear his report. During the War and every month since then, a large number of shinobi have been deserting their hidden village’s and then disappearing. The number of missions has also seen an unusually sharp decline. From investigating both matters, Kakashi hatake believed the Land of Silence a samurai run country on a distant continent was involved. He sent Sai and a team of ten Anbu to investigate.
Kakashi and the Shikamaru are concerned by a number of thing’s in Sai’s message the clear haste it was written with not having Sai’s characteristically clear handwriting his report that his entire team has gone missing his warning of the threat posed by the Gengo, the Land of Silence’s strangely charismatic leader Sai’s choice of words that suggest he is awed by the Gengo and doubtful of the Shinobi Union. What trouble them most however is the fact that Sai did not deliver the report in person. It is apparent to Kakashi hatake that, if nothing is done the Union will inevitably go to war with the Land of Silence. In the order to avoid this Gengo must be assassinated. Shikamaru does not hesitate to volunteer for the his job, chiefly so that he can try to find Sai.