The story of "Three Skeleton Key" is about three men who are working on a lighthouse which is on a very small island. The first event is when a seemingly abandon boat is sailing towards the island. When the boat gets closer they realize a horde of rats is aboard the ship. The boat the crashes into the rocks, and the rats storm the island. The men are then forced up to the top of the lighthouse, where they are trapped by the rats. They then get the attention of a boat, and the turns around to go get help. It comes back with more boats to rescue them. They lure the rats off the island with a barge drenched in gasoline, and covered in meat. When the rats are aboard, they light the barge on fire, killing all of the rats. They then get the men aboard, and bring them back to safety.