Ellya asks for Myra's hand in marriage. Her father says whoelver brings him the fattest pig may marry Myra.
Madame Zeroni gives Elya a piglet
Madame Zeroni gives Elya a piglet, and instructs him to walk up the mountain every day, and let it drink from a spring while singing a song. She asks him to do the same for her, and warns him that he will be cursed if he doesn't.
Myra breaks Elya's heart
Myra can't choose between her suitors. Elya boards the boat to America.
Elya realizes he never took Madame Zeroni up the mountain to drink from the spring.
Katherine Barlow falls in love
Katherine Barlow, the schoolteacher in Green Lake Texas, falls in love with Sam the onion picker.
Katherine becomes an outlaw
After Sam is killed for kissing a white woman, Katherine becomes Kissin' Kate Barlow, the outlaw who kisses the men she kills.
Stanley Yelnats I meets Kissin' Kate
Stanley Yelnats I is robbed by Kissin' Kate Barlow and loses all of his wealth.
Stanley survives on God's Thumb
Stanley the first is found after weeks in the desert, says he survived on God's Thumb.
Stanley I meets his wife in the hospital
Kissin Kate kisses a lizard and dies
The Warden as a little girl learns to dig holes
The Warden, Kissing Kate's great granddaughter is made to dig holes in what used to be Green Lake, looking for the missing treasure.
Stanley the II begins trying to cure foot odor
Ms. Zeroni leaves Zero on a playground
Stanley Yelnats the Third begins trying to cure foot odor
Stanlely the third begins to try to cure shoe order, almost getting his family evicted from their apartment because of the smell. He blames his bad luck on his dirty rotten no good pig stealing great grandfather.
Clyde Livingtston donates his shoes
Stanley gets a nickname - Caveman
Clyde Livingston's Shoes fall on Stanley
He takes them home for his dad, but then is accused of stealing them, beginning the main action of the book