Rainbow Dash's athletic skill and prowess are earning her much recognition from the citizenry of Ponyville. However, she soon finds her skills being trumped by a mysterious masked pony who some have dubbed, Mare-Do-Well.
The Flim Flam brothers challenge the Apple family to a cider-making contest, and the winner will gain possession of the family's Sweet Apple Acres farm. With their home at stake, the Apples must work together and use all of their cider-making skills to win.
When Twilight Sparkle receives a strangely vague warning about impending doom and disaster from her future self, she drives herself nearly mad in an attempt to stall a cataclysmic event, but her uncertainty makes finding answers difficult.
Fluttershy struggles to overcome her fear of public humiliation so she can help Rainbow Dash and the other pegasi create a tornado powerful enough to lift the water required for the rainy season in the cloud-producing city of Cloudsdale.