At home, Martin Donnor is fixing a light in his study as his wife Carroll screams at him. The light comes loose from the ceiling and Martin throws it away while his wife reminds him of everything else he has to do. Martin logs onto his computer and gets a popup ad about a company named Future Trade, which offers him the chance to get a new life. Martin closes the ad and goes back to his family.
The next morning, Martin arrives at work and his boss Skip bugs him about being late. Martin logs onto his work computer and gets another popup ad for Future Trade. Martin finally drives to the company and is immediately given an application. He meets with a Future Trade representative, Mr. Gordon, who figures that Martin is stuck in a dead-end job with no advancement possibilities. He explains that the company trades people’s futures: one man is unhappy with his life, he comes to them. They find someone for him to trade his life with. Mr. Gordon explains that Martin will look the same to himself, but everyone else will see him as the person whose life he trades. Martin is eager to have a new life with money, a house, and an attractive wife. He can cancel within 24 hours. Martin agrees and Mr. Gordon gives him a prospectus, complete with keys to a manor and boat.
Martin is soon driving his new car and goes to the address provided. Inside he finds a stout woman… and an attractive woman who covers his eyes to surprise him. Martin turns to see Francesca, an incredibly beautiful woman. The first woman is the maid. Martin compliments a surprised Francesca and passionately kisses her, then sweeps her off her feet and takes her to the bedroom. Afterward, he swims in h is indoor pool and Francesca serves him exactly the meal he’s always wanted.
Martin goes to the company that his new life provides and meets with the board, which assures him he’ll be making millions. Martin doubts the whole thing and goes back to see Mr. Gordon to ask why the other person traded lives with him. Mr. Gordon refuses to divulge confidential information but Martin realizes that the man is now living with Carroll. Mr. Gordon reminds him that he has until 8 that night to back out of the deal.
Martin goes to his former home and spies on his wife and her new husband. Satisfied, Martin goes back to his new home. As he pulls in, he almost collides with a car driven by a man he’s never seen before. Francesca greets him, surprised that he’s home early. Martin considers taking life a little bit easier and Francesca wonders if he’s feeling all right. He asks her about the man he saw outside and Francesca says he’s Eduardo, and that Martin wasn’t supposed to see him. Francesca says he’s the delivery man but Martin notices two wine glasses. Francesca tells him that she was celebrating with Eduardo: he helped her find a Bolivian statue that she knew her husband wanted.
Satisfied, Martin shares a drink with Francesca and looks at his watch as 8 o’clock approaches. He insists that things will be different from now on and he’s realized all the things he’s been missing. Francesca points out that he’s never denied himself anything, including women. Martin feels dizzy and Francesca explains that it’s the curare: she slipped it to him in his wine. The clock rings 8 o’clock and Martin collapses, while Francesca explains that curare in alcohol doesn’t leave a trace. Martin tries to crawl to the phone but collapses, paralyzed, as Eduardo arrives to toss Martin in the pool and let him drown. Share this article with your friends