Elya Yelnats fell in love with Myra Menke and wanted to marry her with the permission of her father but Igor Arkov wanted her even more. But the dad wanted a big pig for it so Elya went to go find one
The pig offering
So Elya went to Madam Zeroni a one-legged gypsi to get advise on what to do Madan Zeroni said you should take this newborn piglet and carry it up to the mountain and sing it this song everyday untell Myra's 15th birthday then you will carry the pig up for the last time and it will be bigger then any of Igor's pigs Then after carry me up the mountain and sing me the song before I die. If you do not do this you and your descendants will be doomed for eternity.
Free passage to America
Elya carried the pig up the mountain and sang the song as it drank from the river everyday unt Myra's until 15th birthday but he didnt carry the pig up on the last day.
So Elya went to Myra's house and showed his pig to Myra's dad so did Igor and he weight them but they weight the same all because Elya didn't carry the pig up on the last day. Myra's dad said I cannot decide. So Elya gave the idea to let Myra decide. Myra's dad said shes just an empty-headed girl but eventually said ok. But Myra didn't know who to choose so she said to pick a number between 1-10 whoever is closest marry's me. Igor said 10 Elya said marry Igor keep my pig as a wedding present then he walked off.
After leaving Myra's house Elya went wondering around town untell he found himself at a dock and his eyes went straight to a sign saying Free passage to America. He had no sailing experience but the captain saw he had great strength so he was onboard. It wasn't untell he cleared his head and was out across the Atlantic ocean he remembered he made a promise to Madame Zeroni. He felt terrible but he wasn't afraid of the curse.
In America fell in love with a girl named Sarah Miller better than Myra. Life was hard though because everywhere he went something bad luck happens. He remembered Madame Zerooni had a son in America so he went around asking people if they knew a Zeroni.No one did. After his barn got struck by lightning for the third time he told Sarah the promise and the pig song. Sarah loved the song but changed it from Latin to English and made it rhyme she sang that every night to there newborn child the first Stanley but the curse carried on.