After winning his Fog Badge at the Ecruteak Gym, Ash and friends learn of a tea ceremony happening in town and decide to check it out. Inside they find out it is run by five sisters. Misty befriends the youngest sister, Sakura. Sakura wants to start a Pokemon journey and asks if she can join Ash, Misty, and Brock. They agree, but her sisters don't. Her sisters propose a challenge, they have a set of battles, and if Ash, Misty, and Brock defeat them Sakura can go. They agree and the battles begin.