"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 Pokémon Contests! Sapphire's father Professor Birch is the local Pokémon researcher. But Sapphire is tired of gathering scientific data--she wants to win Pokémon 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?!"--P.  of cover.