Tom, a local teenager, had been heading to the lake to go swimming with his girlfriend Judy, when her portable radio picked up early reports of the dead returning to life. Startled by this news, the young couple detoured to the nearby farmhouse, finding its owner dead upstairs. Soon afterward, the Cooper family came to the house seeking refuge, and it was then decided everyone would hide in the cellar until help could arrive. Able-bodied and down-to-earth, Tom is eager to have unity among the group, even if it means risking his own safety. He is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Judy and the others safe throughout the NIGHT.