The typical roentgenographic aspect of linitis plastica has been that of "leather bottle stomach." This study describes roentgenographic signs that appear before this deformity. The clinical history of a 44-year-old woman included complaints of heartburn and mild gastric pains but no other signs of serious disease. Roentgenographic examination showed a hook-formed stomach, with abnormalities limited to an irregular area on the greater curvature. Here the mucosa had an irregular surface, whereas normal folds were found everywhere else. Peristalses passed over the lesion, and the rest of the greater curvature was pliable. At operation, an early stage of linitis plastica was found.