In an old house and old couple and their grown son are waiting for a guest on a stormy night. The son beats the father and the father complains until they hear a knock at the door.
Mrs.White commands Mr.White to use their second wish to wish Herbert alive again. Mr.White says that Herbert was so wounded that he could only recognize him by the clothes he wore. Mrs.White calls him scared of his own son and commands Mr.White to wish. So Mr.White does.
Sergent -Major Morris came and he tells about his trip to India. He says that he got a monkey paw that can grant three wishes. He throws it into the fire and the father, Mr. White grabs it.
Herbert, the son says that Mr.White should wish for 200 pounds. He does and the paw moves in his hand. They all go to bed after nothing happens.
In the morning, Herbert goes to work. In the evening a strange messenger comes and says that Herbert died. To show their condolences, they gave Mr.White 200 pounds.
It was late at night when they heard loud, aggressive knocks. The wife exclaimed that it was Herbert, and rushed to the door. The husband came downstairs and looked for the monkey paw. He wished for Herbert to go away. The wife threw open the door and cried because no one was there.