Mr. White and Mrs. White and their son, Herbert, are waiting for a special visitor. The visitor is Sergeant Major Morris.
The sergeant talks about the monkey's paw and how it can be used for 3 separate wishes for 3 separate men and tells that it can have serious consequences. Then he throws it in the fire. Before it hits the fire, Mr. White quickly grabs it.
Mr. White uses the paw after being convinced to use it by his family. Mr. White then wishes for two hundred pounds so he can pay his house off.
The next day, a servant arrives at the house and tells the Whites that Herbert had been killed in the machinery. As compensation, the company gives Mr. White and Mrs. White two hundred pounds.
Mr. White realized that his wish for two hundred pounds and he realizes the money he received wasn't a coincidence. Mrs. White had gone mad for him to make another wish for him to bring their son back to life.
Mr. White agrees to the wish. He wishes his son alive again. Soon, he knew it was a mistake and tried to find the paw. When he did, he wished for whatever was at the door to go away. When Mrs. White got the door open, Mr. White rushed outside to see if anything was there. The street was deserted. There was only a flickering street light.