Ash and friends finally make it to Cinnabar Island, but are saddened to see that the gym has been closed because the island is now a tourist destination. They try to find a place to stay, but every place is packed. They finally find a room at a hotel run by a man who loves riddles. While in the hot spring, they end up discovering an entrance into the volcano, which leads them to a battlefield. The old man appears and reveals himself to be Blaine, the leader of the Cinnabar Gym. Ash challenges him and he accepts, but this match will be way more then Ash expected.