A festival in Rithmere draws the attention of Lief and his friends, who try to win one hundred gold coins by participating in its Games.
In the streets the companions see a man running a game to earn money. They want to get some extra money, since it has all been taken by Queen Bee. However they only got a wooden bird, and, after finding out he is cheating, were too slow to get any of the spilt money. He was actually controlling the spinning wheel with a pedal. However, they find out about the Rithmere Games and decide to enter, wishing to get some money. The finalists receive 100 gold coins, the winner ten times as much. They go into the champion inn, using the nicknames 'Berry'-Barda, 'Birdie'-Jasmine, and 'Twig'-Lief. At night, they are ambushed by a stranger who steals their room key and gave them a note saying,'Do not try to win or you will regret it'. This makes Jasmine hungry for revenge.