Elya goes to Myra Menkee's father to ask for her hand in marriage, but finds that Igor Barkov also wants to marry her, offering a pig to her father.
Myra's 15th Birthday
Elya goes to Madame Zeroni and tells her about how he wants to marry Myra Menkee, and how Igor Barkov has offered a pig for her hand in marriage. Madame Zeroni thinks that Myra wouldn't be a good partner for Elya and says he should go to America, where her son lives, to find someone there instead. But, seeing how sad Elya is, she decides to help and gives one of her piglets to Elya, with the instructions to carry it up the mountain and let it drink from the stream, singing a special song to it.
Losing the battle
Everyday, Elya carries the piglet up to the mountain to let it drink from the stream, singing the song to it everytime. And everytime, the piglet grew fatter and he grew stronger.
Off to America
On the day of Myra's birthday, the pig had weighed over 50 stones and Elya took the pig with him to Myra's home. Madame Zeroni told him to carry the pig up that day too, but Elya didn't want to smell like a pig. At Myra's, Igor also had his pig, Myra's father saying they were the finest pigs he'd ever seen. Unfortunately, they both weighed the same. He couldn't decide which was better so Elya suggested that Myra herself decides. She couldn't end up deciding and eventually Elya gave up, giving the pig.