Ash, Misty, and Brock are trying to find their way to Vermillion City, but they’re lost! Stopping by a pond, our friends find an Oddish taking advantage of the pond’s cool water for a nice drink. Ash wants to catch the Oddish, but Misty sends out her Starmie to capture it herself. Starmie weakens Oddish, but before Misty can capture it, a Bulbasaur comes to its rescue! Now wanting to catch the Bulbasaur, Ash sends out Butterfree, but Bulbasaur evades and escapes. As our friends continue on their travels, they keep getting caught in someone’s traps. Our friends soon meet Bulbasaur’s owner, Melanie, who has been setting the traps to protect her pokémon friends. Melanie finds injured, sick, and abandoned pokémon. She heals them and protects them as they recover. Melanie tells our friends that Bulbasaur protects the entire village. Of course, lots of pokémon in any one place attracts the attention of Team Rocket.