From the back cover:
All is not well on Piffle World. The magical land’s most popular sporting event—a race of lightweight aircraft called dragonflies—seems to have been rigged by one of the contestants. But winning the competition is the only way Princess Sakura and her friends can recover one of the princess’s precious and powerful memory feathers.
The five friends are determined to cross the finish line first, but the cheating is taking its toll—even Fai is out of the running! Can the travelers still win the race and discover who’s behind the booby traps before it’s too late?
This volume was a little disappointing, since the identity of the culprit was fairly easy to guess. I was hoping that a certain person wasn’t responsible, since it was so obvious, but alas.
Still, there were an awful lot of good character moments that made up for it. Sakura does particularly well in the race, and it was nice to see her looking determined and not helpless. Fai commented to Kurogane about it, and was surprised when Kurogane told him that he (Fai) had changed, too. I really love the dynamic between those two. The best moments, though, were between Kurogane and Tomoyo, especially a conversation they had outside while a celebratory party went on inside.
CCD watch update: The boys didn’t really have much to do in this volume, but the observant will spot Nokoru sleeping in Suoh’s lap the morning after the festivities. Also note that while Akira and Nokoru both appear to be somewhat hungover, Suoh looks perfectly fine. In character to the end!