The setting took place at Camp Green Lake, during the present time and summer season. Stanley Yelnatss family has a history of bad luck, thanks to their no-good-dirty-rotten-pig- stealing-great-great-grandfather! So Stanley isnt too surprised when he is sent to an all boys juvenile detention center, Camp Green
Lake. The lake has been dried up for over a hundred years and used to be the largest lake in Texas. As punishment, the boys must each dig a hole a day, five feet deep and five feet across. There is only one rule at the camp and that is if you don?t bother the snakes and scorpions, then they won?t bother you. The worst thing is to be bitten by a yellow spotted lizard because you will die a slow painful death.
At Camp Green Lake it is believed that if you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy. Ms. Walker, who is the owner of the lake, claims that this pointless labor builds character, but she is really using the boys to dig for loot buried by the Wild West outlaw Kissin? Kate Barlow.
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