Baby Coyoitio, the son of Kino and Juana, faces a dangerous situation in chapter one of John Steinbeck's The Pearl. The chapter opens with Kino walking into the morning sun and Juana making breakfast. The text illustrates how much Kino's family means to him as it shows him becoming overwhelmed by his love for them.
Kino returns to the house as Juana continues to prepare breakfast. Kino then eats his breakfast, and Juana beings to eat hers. As Kino looks toward Coyoitio's crib, he notices a scorpion on the rope (which leads into the crib). Although he tries hard to catch the scorpion before it can reach Coyoitio, the scorpion falls onto the baby's shoulder and stings him. This scorpion sting could kill the baby.