J.F. Coe (Coe) (defendant) entered into a verbal contract with W.H. Boone and J.T. Coe (Boone) (plaintiffs). Under the contract, Coe would lease his farm to Boone for a period of one year, starting whenever they arrived at the farm. Coe said that he would have a house ready for Boone to live in and would furnish supplies for them to build a barn. In exchange, Boone was to cultivate certain portions of the farm for the year. When Boone arrived at the farm, the house was not ready to be inhabited and supplies for the barn were not there. Boone brought suit, seeking damages for the cost and time it took to travel from their former home in Kentucky to the farm in Texas, as well as the cost of giving up their home and business in Kentucky. The trial court found in favor of Coe because the oral agreement fell within the statute of frauds and was unenforceable. Boone appealed.