Tom walker and his wife miserly live together in a house.They lived in Boston in 1727.They had a very unhappy marraige.
Tom goes on a walk ,he walkes into a forest and sits on a stump.He accidently kicks up a skull with a "knife" in it and kicks it.
After he kicks the skull , he hears a mans voice yell"don't do that!" and Tom turns around to find a black man with an axe sitting on a tree stump with red eyes.
Tom asks who the man is and the man starts naming off names.Tom before hand told the man he couldnt be chopping down the forest.
The man ends up being the devil and explains to tom that the trees resembled a person's life and everytime that person does something bad they get a chop to their tree.Tom then understands that the devil had came for his soul.
Long story short Tom made a deal with the devil to be wealth and have a good life.Tom ended up losing his wife and housing.He goes back to meet the devil miserably and ends up selling his soul.He ends up riding off into the mist with the devil never to be seen again