Characters (Who/Background) Stanley Yelnats is an overweight kid with a lot of bad luck. Years ago, Kissing Kate Barlow robbed a bank and buried her treasure. Setting (where/when) Camp Green Lake is down in the hottest part of Texas where there used to be a lake but isn't anymore. It is a barren desert lake with a child prison camp.
Stanley Yelnats's family seems to be under some kind of superstitious curse that was put on them by the legendary Madame Zeroni years and years ago. And now Stanley's in jail.
"Stanley has a really hard time digging his first hole. It is so big, and he is so weak, and a large part of him can't really believe he's doing this""Stanley finds a gold tube engraved with a heart. He doesn't want to show it to the Warden but knows this is something important for the mystery""Stanley steals the water truck to chase after zero and crashes it. He runs off into the desert lake to find his friend, risking death for leaving."