Ruby’s father Norman is the new Gym Leader of Petalburg City. But Ruby doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps – he wants to win Pokemon Contests! Sapphire’s father Professor Birch is the local Pokemon researcher. But Sapphire is tired of gathering scientific data – she wants to win Pokemon Battles! When Ruby and Sapphire meet, they’re more likely to hit each other than hit it off.
But then Sapphire challenges Ruby to a competition! Which of them will achieve their dreams in just eighty days?! Meanwhile, what dastardly plan is Team Aqua up to…and how does it involve Sapphire?!