After the Red Gyarados ordeal, and after finally arriving in Mahogany Town, Ash is ready for his next Gym Battle, only to find the Gym is closed. He, Misty and Brock meet a kind lady named Sheila who says that the Gym Leader, Pryce, is meditating under a waterfall. Before they could thank her, Sheila was way ahead of everyone in wanting to meet Pryce so she went on ahead. Ash and co. were flabbergasted to see how far she got ahead of them so fast. After nearly dying from exhaustion from trying to keep up with Sheila, Ash and co. find Pryce under the waterfall and are shocked to see he is the same old man who saved them from the Red Gyarados.
Ash demands a battle but Pryce says it would be pointless and leaves after beating his Phanpy with Dewgong. Ash follows him only to get caught by Team Rocket, and when Pryce comes in to save him He, Ash and Pikachu fall down a crevase. Will they be able to get out? Will Ash get his Gym Battle? Why is Pryce so cold-hearted? And what is that Pokémon frozen in ice?