Thomas Mitchell (plaintiff) and William Moore, III (defendant) developed a romantic relationship and in 1981 Mitchell moved into Moore’s farmhouse. Mitchell lived in the farmhouse rent-free, but helped Moore maintain the house and farm, including doing chores such as taking care of the farm animals. In 1994 the couple broke up and Mitchell moved out. Mitchell brought suit seeking restitution for the work he did on the farm during the 13 years he lived there. Moore countersued, seeking rent payments from Mitchell for those years. The trial court found in favor of Mitchell on both his claim and Moore’s counterclaim. Moore appealed.