He fell in love with Myra.He wanted to marry with her.Another old man named Igor Barkov wanted to marry her too.They asked her father how to marry her.And Myra's father said he'll give Myra to the one who brings the fattest pig.
Madam Zeroni,one of Elya's good friend gave him the smallest piglet that she had from the mother pig.Then she told him a song and a method to make pig fat and strong.And she made a promise that Elya had to carry her to the stream on the mountain that he carried the pig and sing her a song that she had tought.When if the promise is not kept Elya's decendents will be cursed.
Elay and Barkov brought the pig that the grew.They weighted equally.Myra's dad asked Myra but she could not determine it.Elya felt it was ridiculous.He just gave up.
He decided to move to America.He remembered the promise he made while in the middle of the Atlantic sea
He marry with a girl named Sarah and had a baby named Stanley yelnats.