This part of the book starts with Stanley who has dug so many holes that he has lost track of how many it actually is. But now his skin has gotten tougher and he doesn’t feel as much pain in his hands as he did before. But this day is a little special because Stanley finds a golden tube with the initials KB etched inside a heart on the tube. He has been told that he should give all the stuff that he finds to X-ray, who is also one of the guys digging holes. He tells X-ray to wait with giving the tube to the Warden so that X-ray can get a whole day off and not just an hour or so.
The next day X-ray gives the tube to the Warden and gets the day of. At the same time the other guys are forced to dig one big hole instead of several small ones. The Warden is watching them and she is hoping the will find something interesting. The days pass and the Warden is getting more and more impatient. Finally she decides that the teenagers should return to digging small holes instead of a big one.
One day Stanley gets a letter from his parents. When he replies to the letter Zero is standing behind him and watching over his shoulder. He asks if Stanley could teach him how to read and write but Stanley replies him with that he doesn’t know how to teach him. The days pass and he takes the blame for stealing seeds from Mr. Sir. Mr. Sir brings him to the Warden’s cabin. Mr. Sir doesn’t think that he has stolen the seeds and that he’s just covering up for someone else. He returns to the holes and sees that somebody has dug out a big part of his hole. It turns out that Zero has dug in Stanley’s hole. Stanley says that he can teach Zero how to write and they make a deal that consists of Zero digging on Stanley’s hole for an hour a day and in return Stanley will teach Zero how to read. In the end of the part we read there is a side story who tells us about why it hasn’t fallen a drop of water in the lake since a hundred years ago. The legend has it that the old teacher kissed a dark skinned guy and because of that the rain hasn’t fallen ever since.