As Peyton stands on the bridge awaiting his execution, he listens to the ticking of his watch. Louder, faster, the final seconds of his mortal life tick away. Then, the watch is taken from him by a Union soldier, a subtle reminder that Peyton's time is up. But as the plank is pulled from beneath his feet, Peyton miraculously begins a journey into the next world, falling into the deep waters of Owl Creek. Struggling in the darkness of certain death, he must not only shed the heavy boots of his mortal past, but he must also break free from the noose of his demise. Coming to terms with his Earthly existence, Peyton is absolved from his past and now emerges from the darkness into the light, having achieved redemption. As he rises up from the water and breathes his first new breath, Peyton is reborn.
Peyton's baptism into his new existence has opened his eyes. With heightened senses, Peyton experiences the beauty of the world in intricate detail. He watches in awe as a spider spins its web and a caterpillar dances