The Trade Federation have made a daring move. Blocking all trade to the small planet of Naboo, Chancellor Valorum has sent Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi to settle the matter.
However, the devious Trade Federation avoided them and the Jedi had no choice but to head to the surface, where they stumble upon a Gungan who helps them after being rescued by Jinn. Traveling through the planet core, the trio arrive at Theed, where they rescue the queen and pilots placed under guard.
Blasting away from the planet, they barely escape from the blockade alive and run to Tatooine where they meet Anakin Skywalker, a slave boy who races in the podracing. With guidance from Jinn, Anakin wins against his rival Sebulba at the Boonta Eve podrace and they recieve the parts needed for the starships repair.
Already, though Darth Maul is descending upon the planet in his hunt for the queen.