A man named Kino lives with his wife Juana and his baby Coyotito in a poor village. He is a pearl diver and has never been educated.
Climax: Merciless, Enraged
One day Coyotito gets stung by a scorpion and Kino goes to the doctor. The doctor turns them away because of their wealth and race. Kino goes diving for pearls in hopes of earning money to pay the doctor.
Falling Action: Grief-Stricken, Broken
He finds a huge pearl and dreams of all the things he can do with the money. People in the town try to use and attack Kino to gain something from the pearl. Then a man attacks Kino and tries to steal the pearl but Kino kills him. They see that someone has burned their house and broken their boat so they decide to flee the town and go somewhere away from the coast.
Resolution: Broken-Hearted, Sorrowful
They are traveling to another town when they see trackers behind them. Juana and Coyotito hide in a cave while Kino tries to kill the trackers in their sleep. Right before he kills one of them, the tracker shoots into the cave and kills Coyotito.
But you will be killed...
I must go.
Juana and Kino return to their village feeling defeated and dead inside. Kino looks in the pearl and sees all his shattered dreams.