First, the postal man tells the White's that their son has died in machinery at his work. The mailman then gives the White's 200 pounds in compensation, for their loss. Mr. and Mrs. White freak out, as that is what Mr. White's first wish was.
Next, the White's have to bury their son Herbert. They drive two miles away to the funeral, and it all happens so fast that they don't even realize it. But Mrs. White goes home very upset.
Then, Mrs.White realized that they had only used one of their wishes with the monkey's paw. She yelled to get the paw and "wish her boy back". Mr.White refused, as it had already gotten them into enough trouble. But Mrs.White was determined to get her son as she saw that the first wish came true, so why wouldn't the second one?
Following that, Mr.White uses his second wish to bring his son back to life. They then hear a strange knocking on the door of the house. Mrs. White runs down the stairs, as she is sure that it is her son. Mr. White is very scared and tries to find escape routes in case he comes face to face with his son.
Next,Mrs. White is about to see if what is knocking is her son! Mr. White is waiting nervously in the corner of the room. Mrs. White can not wait any longer to see if her son is alive. But little does she know, Mr.White is making his third wish.
Lastly, Mr.Whites third wish was for him and his wife to be safe. Mrs. White opens the door and to her surprise, it is a ghost! The figure is there for only a moment before it leaves. Mr. and Mrs. White try to chase after the figure, but it is out of sight and they are out of luck. They feel as if they had closure, though they never really knew if what they saw was Herbert.