Elya was a 15 year old boy when he fell in love with a young girl named Myra. He wished to marry her. But so did Igor Barkov. Who was three times the age of Myra and Elya.
Myra's father said that on Myra's birthday, who ever gave him the biggest pig would marry his daughter. This was good for Igor, because he already had a big pig. So Stanley needed to find a pig.
Off to America
Elya was told by Madame Zeroni to carry a pig up a hill. Then give it a drink from the stream, and also sing it a lullaby. The pig would get a bit heavier each time, and Elya would get stronger. And in return, Elya then would be strong enough to carry Madame Zeroni up the hill.
Dirty Rotten Pig Stealing Great Great Grandfather
It was finally Myra's 15th birthday.The pig was bigger and Elya was stronger. Myra's father weighed the pigs. They were the exact same. So then Myra chose. She said choose a number between 1 and 10. Igor said 10. Elya said nothing. He said to Myra to keep the pig as a wedding present, and walked off.
Elya left Latvia and went to America, where he found another women that he married. They had a child named Stanley Yelnats, which is backwards Stanley Yelnats. But Elya forgot his promise to Madame Zeroni.
Madame Zeroni "cursed" the Yelnats generation. So now there are 3 other Stanley Yelnats, and whenever there is trouble they blame it on the dirty rotten pig-stealing great great grandfather, Elya Yelnats, for not carrying Madame Zeroni up the hill.