Tom is a pilot from the Toronto and the main character of game. When the ship reached Nugget, his task was to take a shuttle to an exploratory flight with Inspector Beegle, but his death from an explosion in the COM room made Rainer Hofstedt be selected to fly with Tom instead.
After their departure from the Toronto, Tom and Rainer witness their shuttle malfunction and only Tom's piloting skills save them from crashing violently to the planet. After seeing the thriving life of Albion, Tom sets out to find the ship and stop it from destroying the planet.
In an early version of the game, Tom was intended to have a visible prosthetic left arm, as evident from early screenshots and promotional material. In the final version of the game, no evidence of this is present apart from a single dialogue line, so it is unknown whether this idea has been scrapped from the game entirely and the dialogue line was simply an oversight, or if the arm is actually prosthetic but looking like a normal human arm.