Stanley Yelnats IV is a nice teenage boy who was born to an unlucky and cursed family. One day he gets falsely arrested and accused of stealing a pair of shoes that a famous baseball player had donated to charity and gets sentenced to Camp Green Lake, a correctional facility where teenage boys dig holes despite the presence of dangerously poisonous creatures. His family blames the curse on Stanley's ancestor Elya Yelnats for breaking a promise to a gypsy in years past. Stanley later sets out with his friend Hector Zeroni "Zero" to find a treasure that his great grandfather Stanley Yelnats I was unable to save from a famous thief named Kate Barlow.
One of my favorite novel-based movies.