James Halliday, the inventor of the Oasis, has passed away leaving his entire fortune in the form of a contest inside the Oasis.
Wade Watts is a teenage boy that grew up in the stacks of Columbus with his mean aunt that makes him sleep in the laundry room. Wade is a Gunter, a person that hunts for James Halliday's Easter Egg
Wade is Latin class on Lundus, a school planet in the Oasis when he has a theory that there could be a copy of the Tomb of Horrors on Ludus where the Copper Key could be hidden.
Wade is stumped on where the Tomb is but then he remembers on the D&D map the tomb is shaped like a monsters face so he looks on his world map to then take a public transport bus to the nearest stop to the entrance
Wade is surprised when he meets another Gunter at the entrance. She says she has been here for weeks and can not get past the final boss. which is a skeleton that you has to beat in the old video game, Joust.
Wade then gets past the first set of challenges and is facing the boss, he loses the first of Joust but then they switch sides and Wade beats the skeleton on his first try when the other Gunter, Art3mis has been trying for weeks. He then receives the Copper Key