It was a cold rainy night in Laburnam Villa. The white family is waiting for a guest. While they were waiting him and his son were playing chess. Sergeant Major Morris arrived and told the family story from his 21 years of traveling to exotic places when he was a soldier.
Mr.White reminds Morris of a story he was telling him early about a monkey paw he got in India. It was suppose to be a magic paw that the person who beheld it would be granted 3 wishes. Morris revised against using it he thought it it only caused trouble.
Morris threw the paw in the fire and Mr.White saved the paw. And Mr. White made his first wish he wished for 200 pounds (dollars). There was a loud noise and the paw moved. A day later they learn that there son died from getting caught in the machinery. The company gave them a check for 200 pounds.
The Whites are amazed by how there wish came true and they are in grief from losing there son. Mrs. White makes Mr. White wish Herbert back to life. Then all of a sudden it gets quiet and there is a knocking on the door.
The knocking becomes louder and Mrs.White wants to rush to the door to let Herbert in. But Mr.White was holding her back. Because he Know something was wrong. She broke free and ran to the door but see couldn't reach the bolt. Mr. White searched for the paw vigorously.
Mr.White finds the paw and makes the finale wish. The knocking finale stops and Mr.White go's to answer the door but no one it there.