In the exposition, we meet Elya Yelnats he is in love with a girl named Mira. Mira is going to turn 15 soon which means she could marry. Elya gose to Madam Zeroini for help to get Mira. But he need to win her form Igor.
. Madam Zeroini give Elya a pig and tells him to "carry the pig up a mountan and let him drink from the stream and sing him a song and then have to carry me up the stream and sing me the song if you fail you and your decendence will be curesed for all etrit."
Elya carried the pig till Mira's birthday. Insted of carring the pig up the mountan he took a shower to look pesentable in front of Mira and her father. Him and Igor got at Mira's house at the same time.