Stanley Yelnats was walking on the road when a pair of shoes hit him on the head. later that day he went to court accused for theft of those shoes. The shoes were donated to a homeless shelter by a baseball player. Stanley was given a choice to go to juvie or Camp green Lake. He chose Camp green Lake.
It turns out that in camp green lake there is no lake at least not today. First there was a big lake but now its all dry. The boys at camp green lake have to dig a 5 feet deep hole that is also 5 feet long. It is to build character. Stanley meets people like mr. Sir, The Warden, mr Pendanski Zero, X Ray, Armpit and Magnet.
Zero and Stanley run away into the mountains they find refuge on a mountain named God's Thumb. They eat onions and drink water from puddles.
Zero and Stanley go back to Camp Green Lake to find the suitcase that a thief called Kissing Kate Barlow stole and buried from Stanley's great grandfather. They found it but the Warden took it from them. They were stuck in the hole all night because Yellow Spotted Lizards were on them.
In the morning the lizards go away. A black car drives up to them and a lady comes out of the car. The lady is the Stanley's lawyer. she takes the suitcase that says Stanley Yelnats. The lawyer takes Stanley and Zero back home in the car. In the car she shows them a product. The product was invented by Stanley's dad. The product was called Sploosh and it made the Yelants family a lot money.
Stanley and Zero split the money which was in the suitcase. They become friends with a famous baseball player and live a nice life.