In John Steinbeck's The Pearl, a poor yet humble pearl diver by the name of Kino finds a giant pearl with which he hopes to buy peace and happiness for his family and an education for his son, Coyotito. Instead, he learns that the valuable Pearl of the World can not buy happiness but only destroy his simple, yet content, life.
As soon as Kino’s son, Coyotito, is bitten by a deadly scorpion, Juana, the mother of Coyotito, naturally turns towards the spiritual aspects of life by praying for her son's endangered life. Knowing that the bite is extremely deadly, they take Coyotito to the doctor, be he refuses to assist the child because of the family’s financial status so the family now turns to the sea to seek their fortune. When Juana set sight on the "Pearl of the World," she felt as though all her prayers had been answered. News spreads quickly that Kino has found the immense pearl and as soon as the doctor hears of the newfound wealth, he rushes to the aid of C...