On the anniversary of his mother's death, Kurosaki Ichigo travels to his mother's grave. When Rukia arrives, Ichigo leaves to speak with her; but what she has to say upsets him. His sisters have a much bigger problem, however: they're being attacked by a particulary vicious Hollow with a few tricks up his sleeve. But this isn't any ordinary Hollow! Could it have something to do with the death of Ichigo's mother? Ichigo must discover the truth and fight the Hollow on his own to protect his pride.