Kang-Ho: Se-Na, have you found it?
Se-Na: Not yet. Huh? I think that's it.
Se-Na: Over there, you see the people waving?
Se-Na: Jae-Min, check the picture you got in their e-mail, see if that's them.
Jae-Min: Yeah, it's them!
Chief: Hi, guys! Welcome!
Chief's wife: We've been looking forward to meeting you!
Kang-Ho: Hi, thank you for having us here. These are my friends, Jae-Min and Se-Na.
Jae-Min: I'm Jae-Min.
Se-Na: Hi, I'm Se-Na.
Kang-Ho: And this is Song-I.
Song-I: Hi, nice to meet you.
Chief: You must excuse us, but we've never seen clothes like those before. They're fascinating.
Song-I: No, that's fine.
Kang-Ho: Chief, then...
Chief: Oh, right... Right this way...
Narration: What could the 4 friends be doing here? They have come here after receiving an e-mail from Sharalla Island, asking for help because commodity prices there have skyrocketed, and the economy is in really big trouble.
Narration: Commodity prices have increased so much that a big bagful of money won't buy even a single loaf of bread now. The merchants have stopped selling things altogether. Since prices have risen so fast that they don't know how much to charge their customers.
Chief: In Sharalla, this shell is our currency. We use it to buy and sell everything, but since prices have gone up so much, the amount of things we can buy with the same amount of money is becoming less and less.
Jae-Min: Really? Has anything like this ever happened before?
Chief: No, never. Until now, commodity prices have always been stable, and the economy was running very steadily.
Jae-Min: How many shells are there in Sharalla?
Chief's wife: Why do you ask?
Jae-Min: I've just thought of something.
Chief's wife: Well, it's a strange thing. Rumor has it there are more shells now than there used to be.
Kang-Ho: Okay, Chief. We'll investigate this matter.
Chief, Wife: Investigate?
Narration: The 4 friends are diligently investigating every corner of Sharalla Island.
Narration: And they've talked to all of the islanders now.
Kang-Ho: What do you think? Do we know what the problem is?
Se-Na: Actually, no. The only thing I can think of is that the amount of shells has increased.
Se-Na: There are 4 banks in Sharalla. They use shells for all of their deposits and withdrawals, and they're not having any problems.
Kang-Ho: Well, what are we going to do? We were so sure we could help.
Song-I: Someone must be making more shells.
Jae-Min, Kang-Ho, Se-Na: That's it!!!
Kang-Ho: Chief, who on Sharalla Island operates machines the best?
Chief: There's only one person who operates machines very well. His name is Shinba, and he lives quite near our place. Would you like to meet him?
All: Okay, thanks.
Chief: But what do you want from him?
Kang-Ho: There's something we need to check on with him.
Narration: So the Chief leads the 4 friends to Shinba's house. But wait, what's all this sand doing in the front yard?
Chief: What's with all this sand?
Se-Na: Just like we thought.
Narration: What could be on the 4 friends' minds?
Chief: Shinba! Shinba!
Chief: Where did he go with the machine running? Shinba! Shinba!
Chief: Huh? What's this doing here?
Jae-Min: It's a shell.
Se-Na: It's just like we thought.
Chief: What do you mean?
Song-I: There's just too much shell money now, way more than the people need. And so your money has lost its value, and everyone needs more money to buy the same goods. That's why prices are skyrocketing.
Chief: So what you're saying is that all this trouble is caused by too many shells?
Se-Na: That's right. The problem in Sharalla is that the value of money has fallen, because too much money has been created.
Shinba: Chief, what brings you here?
Chief: Shinba, have you been making shells?
Shinba: Well, I...
Chief: Do you know what Sharalla is going through because of you?
Shinba: I'm sorry!
Narration: Aha? What's this? This character Shinba has been secretly making money in Sharalla!