At the beginning of holes, Stanley is arrested because when zero stole Clyde Livingston AKA sweet feet's shoes and threw them down the bridge and hit Stanley's head and was found guilty. he gets sent to camp green lake to dig holes to build character and turn into a good boy, he thinks it's because of his no-good-dirty-pig-stealing-great-great-grand-father. camp green lake is a some type of boot camp for bad boys and was once a big lake. Stanley believes he has bad luck because his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grand-father did not carry madam zeroni up the mountain 100 years ago
During the rising action, Stanley hi-jacks Mr.sir's water truck to bring to zero, but fails to by driving it straight into a hole. He finds a gold tube which was a lipstick container that belonged to Kate Barlow and a boat that had zero in it, the boat seemed to belong to Sam the onion man from 100 years ago because it said Mary Lou on it and Mary Lou was Sam's donkey and when Sam got shot, he was in the boat on the lake. he decides to help zero climb up the mountain to break the curse that madam Zeroni put on his great great grandfather and his descendants
the climax is when Stanley carries zero up the mountain and breaks his family's curse. While they reach the top of the mountain, Stanley finds the onions that belonged to Sam 100 years ago and a magical stream of water that flowed upwards. carrying zero up the mountain breaks the family's curse because when elya didn't carry madame zeroni up the mountain and madame zeroni told him to carry her, since Stanley is Elya's great great grand son and zero is madame zeroni's great great grand son, Stanley did his great great grand father's deed.
During the rising action, Stanley and Zero decide to go down the mountain and dig one more hole because Stanley thinks that there is treasure under the hole that where he found the lip stick container,