On a dark, cold night at the laburnam villa the White family awaiting a visitor.Mr.White and his son Herbert are playing chess while Mrs.White knits by the fire.
Mr. White reminds Morris of a story he was telling him recently regarding a strange monkey´s paw. It supposedly was bewitched by an old Fakir to grant three separate men tree wishes.Mr. White wants the paw but Morris is saying it causes trouble.
Morris throws the paw into the fire and Mr. White rescues it. Mr. White makes his first wish he wishes for a sum of two hundreds pounds.There´s a loud crushing noise and the paw moves.The nexr day the Whites receive word that Herbert was caught in the machinery at work and killed.The company compensates the Whites with a check of $200 dollars.
The Whites are shaken by how their wish came true and filled with grief from losing their only son.Mrs. White persuades Mr.White to wish that herbert was alive again.Mr.White finds the paw and makes the wish.All of a sudden there is a quiet persistent knocking at the door.
The knocking becomes louder.Mrs.White wants to run to the door frantic to let herbert in but Mr.White holds her back because knows the wickedness of the paw and is afraid of what kind of state herbert might be in.She breaks free and runs to the door but she can´t reach the bolt.Mr.White searches hurriedly for the paw.
Just as his wife gets a chair climbs up and slides back the bolt Mr.White finds the paw and makes his final wish.The knocking suddenly stops.Mrs.White opens the door but there is no one outside.