I recently read the interesting book Holes by Louis Sachar. The plot in this book unfolds steadily.
The main character’s family has had bad luck ever since his no-good-dirty-pig-stealing-great-great-grand-father broke a deal to a Gypsy. He gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and is sentenced to a year at Camp Green Lake, a detention facility for “bad boys.” There is no lake at Camp Green Lake; instead all the kids there have to dig a hole every day. The warden says that this is to build character, but soon Stanley (the main character) finds out that she is looking for something. For a while Stanley faces many obstacles and challenges, which make up the meat of the story. In the end Stanley is a free millionaire who happens to be friends with a very famous base-ball player.
How did this happen? You might ask. To find out you’ll have to read the book.