on a dark,cold night at the Laburnam Vila, the White family is awaiting a visitor, Mr. White and his son Herbet are playing chess, while Mrs. white knits by the fire. Sergeant Major Morris Rivers arrives and regulates the family with tales from his 21 years of traveling to vast and exotic places in his tenure as a soldier
Mr. White reminds Morris of a story he was telling him recently regarding a strange monkey's paw he acquired in India. it supposedly was bewitched by an old fakir to grant three separate men three wishes. Mr white wants the paw but Morris is reluctant, saying that it causes trouble
Morris throws the paw into the fire and Mr. White rescues it . Mr.White makes his first wish: wishes for a sum of 200 pounds (200 dollars). there's a loud crashing noise and the paw moves. the next day, the whites receive word that Herbert was caught in the machinery at work and killed. the company compensates the whites with a 200 dollar check
the whites are shaken by how there wish comes true and filled with grief by losing there only son. Mrs. White persuades Mr. white to wish Herbert 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 he knows the wickedness of the paw and is afraid of the state Herbert might be in she breaks free and runs to the door, but 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 makes his wish and the knocking suddenly stops, Mrs.White opes the door but no one is outside.