Mr. LaFarge goes out the door asking for who is outside. He sees what seems to be his dead son, Tom. The couple greets "Tom" and lets him stay at their home. Lafe has suspicions on "Tom", telling himself that this cannot really be his son. After some days, they decide to take "Tom" to town.
"Tom" gets lost in a crowd, and gets separated from the LaFarges. He ends up meeting the Spauldings, turning into thier lost daughter, Lavinia. Lafe pleades to "Lavinia" to come back as "Tom", saying the Anna would be heartbroken if he doesn't go back. Shapeshifting back into Tom, they run away from an angry Mr. Spaulding, holding a gun.
A big crowd gathered around the LaFarge family. The people tried grabbing "Tom", wanting it to turn to what they believed he was. Even with the efforts of Anna and Lafe to protect him, "Tom" screams, shapeshifts into the multiple people the crowd thought he was, and dies.