The Story begins in a ocean side village, La Paz. Where Kino (husband), Juana (wife), and Coyotito (baby boy) live.
Coyotito had gotton bit by a scorpion so Kino set off to the ocean to find a pearl that will pay for his son's medical treatment.
Back home in the village Juana prays that Kino will find a very large pearl and those prayers are answered. The pearl was so large that it attracted all the villagers after Coyotito was cured.
Juana and Kino decided they must leave. Juana decides to go to gather their belongings while Kino goes to ready the canoe. However, they ran into disasters: Kino finds the canoe destroyed and Juana comes back to the house but it is set on fire.
The family leaves to capital city. Soon after Kino realizes they are being followed so tries to throw the trackers off with a false trails. Coyotito, their son was later shot.
They return home and Kino throws the pearl far into the ocean.