A pair of shoes is thrown down the bridge. It lands on Stanley Yelnats the main character of the movie. Those pair of shoes belongs to Sweetfeet which is a famous baseball player. The police chase Stanley and he is accused of stealing.
Stanley blames the family curse.He chooses to go to Camp Green Lake instead of going to jail. When he arrives he is disappointed, the conditions are terrible and the warden is not very friendly. And they have to dig holes everyday for the warden. The warden is trying to find a treasure that once belonged to Kissin Kate Barlow.
Luckily, Stanley makes a new friend called Zero-Hector Zeroni. One day, Zero is fed up with how he is being treated, so he runs away. Stanley follows along. Through the journey Stanley breaks the family curse by carrying a member of the Zeroni -Zero up the hill and sing a song. They decide to go back and dig up the treasure since Stanley knows exactly where it is.
The warden finds them and asks for the treasure back. However, the treasure had Stanley's name written on it and it turns out that it had belonged to Stanley's family the whole time.
The camp is closed down.Stanley and Zero goes back home and opens the treasure. It's filled with jewels and gold. They share what's inside and Zero finds his mother. They become rich and live happily ever after.