Elya Yelnats fell in love with Myra Menke. He wished to marry Myra and one day went to her Father to ask to marry his daughter.
Elya told Madame Zeroni what happened. She said "good, your to young to get married and you have your whole life ahead of you". "But I love her". "Her heads as empty as a flower pot". "she can't do house work either" then she told Elya he should go to America where her son is. Elya Did not like that idea.
Madame Zeroni took him to her backyard where she keeped her pigs. She said "take the little one, it won't suckle and will die other wise. It wasn't much bigger than a rat but he took it. She said " do you see that mountain at next to the forest" "yes" " every day you will carry the pig up the moutain and let is drink from the stream singing a special song to the pig. When you are done you'll take madame zeroni up the mountain and let me dring from the stream while singing the song so I can get strong. Elya promesed he'll do so.
Every day Elya carried the pigglet up the mountain and sang to it while it drank from the stream. the pigglet grew fatter and Elya grew stronger.
On Myra's 15th brithdray he decide not to climb up them mountain as he wanted a shower and not to smell like pig.he took the pig to her house and saw Igor with his pig. "I'll weigh the pigs" said her father. "I'll let you dicide who you want to marry, "really", "yes", " um, how much do the pigs weigh", "there the same", "well, I'll think of a number from 1 to 10". "10" said Igor. "elya" she said, " Marry Igor, keep my pig as a wedding present". He stompped off.
After leaving her house he wandered through town to the wharf. he sat down and stared into the cold sea and remembering that Madame Zeroni telling her about her head being a empty as a flower pot. He looked up and saw a sign saying Help wanted, Free pasage to America. He had no sailing experice but the captian let him on. But not until he left the dock he rememder to take Madame zeroni up the mountain and made him fell bad because he new the she wanted to drink from the stream before she died. When he got to america there was bad luck around every corner and stared to belive in the curse!!!