There was once an old carpenter named John, who was wed to a beautiful 18 year old named Alisoun. John wasnt the only man after her affection, a young scholar named Nicholas and a vain clerk named Absolon fought for her attention as well.
Despite that both Nicholas and Absolon bought her mounds of gifts and luxeries, Alisouns heart belonged to Nicholas, and so Alisoun and Nicholas devised a plan so they could be together without interference.
To kickstart their plan, Nicholas tells the carpenter that he had been visited by God, and that a flood twice the size of Noahs' was soon to come and that if John wants to be safe he must tie tubs to the rafters of a barn, and that the scholar would ensure his young wives safety.
Foolishly, John fell for Nicholas' trick. Not only that, he fell down from the rafters and broke his arm on impact!