The Whites' house was warm on a dreary night, the father and son playing chess as the mother sat knitting by the fire. They soon had a visitor, Sergeant-Major Morris. He had recently returned from India, bringing a dried monkey's paw along with him...
Sergeant-Major Morris attempted to throw it into the fire, but Mr. White caught it before it went alight. Morris told them it was enchanted by an old fakir, but to whom wished learned to not play with fate. Mr. White, ignoring Morris, wished for 200 pounds.
The next morning, Mr. and Mrs. White are making fun of the wish, as it hadn't come true. Their son, Herbert White, leaves for work. A few hours later, a business man shows up at the home. He tells the Whites that their son had passed away in the machinery, giving them 200 pounds in return.
Mrs. White forces Mr. White to wish their son back to life one night. They soon hear a knocking at the door...
Afraid of what might happen, Mr. White hurriedly wished his son away before his wife was able to open the door.