One day while Stanley was walk home from school a pair of shoes fell from the sky. They smelled terrible, but Stanley was going to take them home. As he ran home the police accused him of stealing Clyde Livingston's shoes.
In court Stanley tried to explain to the judge that he didn't steal the shoes and that they just fell from the sky. However Stanley was pledged guilty. The judge told Stanley that he could either go to jail or Camp Green Lake.
As the bus approached Camp Green Lake Stanley notices that there were holes everywhere. They were dug by kids sent to Camp Green Lake as a way for them to "build character."After a few weeks Stanley was able to me a few friends while at Camp Green Lake. He was pretty sure that they weren't just digging to build character because when someone reported that they had founded something the Warden went crazy trying to find more. They were definitely looking for something.
One day Stanley and Zigzag got into a fight which resulted in the Warden finding out that Zero was digging part of Stanley's hole everyday.The Warden said that he was doing nothing but stressing Zero out and that Zero was only good for digging. When Mr. Pendanski handed Zero a shovel he whacked him in the face and ran away. The next day Stanley decided he wanted to save Zero so he crashed the water truck in a hole and ran after Zero .While walk he found a boat that Zero was hiding under.
Stanley and Zero decided to go to the mountain the Stanley's great -great grand father found refuge on. Zero kept have attacks from the sploosh he found under the boat, so Stanley had to carry him the rest of the way. When they finally got to the top there were onions and water everywhere.
When Stanley and Zero snuck back into camp they found Kate Barlow's treasure chest. However when they tried to take it the camp leaders caught them. Out of no where yellow-spotted lizards jumped out of the hole.Too scare to take the chest the Warden and the camp leaders just wait for the lizards to strike. After a few minutes Stanley's lawyer came to get Stanley but was horrified to see what was happening. The Warden tried to lie and say that Stanley and Zero had stolen her chest .The Warden was very confused to see that the chest had Stanley's name on it. Which meant that the treasuer chest belonged to him.