Elya Yelnats and Igor Barkov, were wanting Myra Menke's hand in marriage but her father will only let her marry the man with the fattest pig. Once Elya heard this information he went to Zeroni's house.
Once Elya got to Zeroni's house she gave him the pig but each day he had to give the pig water from the top of the mountain and sing a song so that the pig could grow. Once she told this to him she also said that he had to take her up the mountain before she died, otherwise he would be cursed.
As Elya brought the pig up to the mountain, he thought about what Zeroni said and shock is disapproval as he said: " There is no such thing as a curse."
Leaving with a curse
Each day, Elya brought the pig up to the mountain and sang the words of the song, after a few days the pig had grown and had put on a lot of weight. Elya brought the pig up the mountain for the final time. After he did this he when to show it to Myra's fathers.
Elya and Igor showed their pigs to Myra fathers, he measured both of them and they ended out being the same weight. The choice was up to Myra, in the end, Elya gave his pig as a wedding gift then left.
With Elya's heartbroken he left in a hurry, to travel to America just like what Zeroni to meet her son. Once Elya was out to sea, he remembered that he forgot to take Zeroni up to the mountain to drink the water, now his family will be cursed for eternity.