There was an old carpenter named John who lived with his young wife, Alisoun. In order to gain extra cash, they rent out a room in their home to a young man named Nicholas who is attracted to Alisoun. There also is a is a young man named Absolon who falls in love with Alisoun.
Nicholas and Alisoun have a secret love affair.
It is said that there is going to be a flood that comes. In order to survive the flood, and in order for Nicholas and Alisoun to secretly spend the night together, Nicholas suggests that everyone sleeps in their own buckets hanging from the ceiling tonight. That way when there is water every where, they cut the rope and they will be floating.
John thinks it is a great idea and gets in his own bucket, all the while, his wife and Nicholas are spending the night together.
While they are in the bedroom, Absiloun is at the window and wants to kiss Alisoun. She instead plays a trick on him and he kisses her butt. He gets angry and when Nicholas sticks his butt out the window, Absiloun burns it.
All of the townspeople gather and all of this embarrasses John. However, no one gets to hear John's side of the story because they all think John is crazy.. The end!