So, Stanley Yelnats is an overweight kid who was convicted of stealing a famous baseball players shoes. He is given the choice to go to jail, or go to a camp called Camp Green Lake. To improve character, they are forced to dig HOLES.
Stanley finds a gold tube while digging his second hole. He gives to X-Ray, a kid at the camp, and was nicknamed Caveman. He teaches a kid named Zero how to read. He steals sunflower seeds so he gets in trouble.
A kid named ZigZag is mad that Zero is helping Stanley Dig part of his hole in exchange for lessons. ZigZag tackles Stanley, and Zero nearly killed ZigZag by choking him. Zero runs away and whacks a councilor named Mr. Pendanskey.
Stanley goes after Zero and they go to a mountain they called big thumb and climb it to see if there is water. They find water and water and they diside to go back to camp to find treasure in one of the holes. They find the treasure and Stanley Yelnats and Zero go home and find out they were innocint.