Elya Yelnats fell in love with Myra and wanted to marry her but so did Igor.
Igor offered his biggest pig in return for the marriage of Myra. Myra's father liked this better than Elya.
Elya went to Madam Zeroni to ask for help. She explained to him that she was too delicate and not that intelligent. Madam Zeroni told him to go to America and that was where his future was. Madam Zeroni hated to see Elya like this so he told him to bring this piglet up the mountain everyday and let it drink from the stream. Sing it a special song. On Myra's 15 birthday take the pig up the mountain one more time and it will be fatter than any of Igor's pigs
When the pig was fat enough Madam Zeroni wanted Elya to carry her up the mountain and sing her the song. Otherwise his decendance would be doomed forever. Elya went to the mountain to the stream to sing to the pig.
When Myra's 15th Birthday neared, Igor's pig was very fat but Elya didn't take the pig up the mountain on her birthday so Igor's and Stanley's pigs weighed the same. Elya gave them the pig and said for Igor to marry Myra. Elya went to the port and found a ship going to America. He became the crew of the ship and as they were sailing out he remembered to carry Madam Zeroni up the mountain
When Elya arrived in America he fell in love with Sarah Miller, Who could push a plough, milk a goat and think for herself. They often stayed up all night talking and laughing. Their life was not easy as bad luck followed Elya around everywhere. When his barn caught fire for the 3rd time Elya told Sarah about the curse and the song. Sarah changed the words and sung the song to Stanley Yelnats every night.