Togusa finds himself in the hospital after being shot, but is desperate to impart what he's learnt to the rest of the group. It seems other clandestine groups have become aware of Section 9's investigation and are determined to stop them whatever it takes. Following her battle against the government's latest prototype weapon, Major Kusanagi seeks help to repair her severely damaged prosthetic body. Unknown to her she has become the latest target of the shadowy organisation behind the Laughing Man conspiracy and help comes from an unexpected quarter. Aramaki learns that the conspiracy goes much deeper than even he expected! Meanwhile, the cyber-terrorist known as "The Laughing Man" re-emerges and abducts the president of Serrano Genomics Inc. just as he had done six years earlier. Is history about to repeat itself? The sensational conclusion to the Laughing Man saga begins here!