Tom is married to a mean lady that beats him. Tom and his wife are both unhappy. They both take advantage of eachother.
Tom takes a shortcut through the swamp.There were many warning signs telling him to not take this way. Tom was so depressed though, that he didn't really care about what happened.
Tom is approached by the devil. The devil offers Tom a deal. The devil offers Tom a large amount of money that would make Tom rich if he takes the deal.
Tom goes home to think about what the devil offered him. Him and his wife don't get along so he decides to say no and his wife went out to make a deal with the devil and doen't come back but he kills her in the process.
Tom becomes wealthy but begins to worry about his soul. He regrets the deal he made with the devil and belives he will need to repent by reading the bible and attending church.
The devil took over Toms soul and the people elected a board to oversea his estate. No one saw Tom again.