Kino and Juana with their son Coyotito live together in La Paz, Mexico. They live a quiet life even though they are poor; they make the most of their lives together.
After Coyotito was stung by a scorpion, Kino and Juana both prayed for a miracle. Their baby was dying and the doctor refused to aid them. In their favor, Kino found The Pearl of the World.
With the pearl in hand, Kino and his band of neighbors set off towards the town. Kino had decided to sell it for a good amount of money, but instead left frustrated at the pearl dealers. After they tried to con him.
The pearl was meant to bring them fortunate and happiness, but Juana thought otherwise. She saw Kino change and tried to get rid of the pearl. Kino stopped her by attacking her.
Kino had murdered someone. The couple agreed they had to flee. Kino sent Juana back to their home to get their things and Coyotito. Juana returned to a home set on fire and no where to really run or hide.
Kino killed the baby. Both Kino and Juana agreed the pearl didn't do anything for them. Kino tossed the pearl back in the ocean for it to be lost once again.