In the exposition of the short story “Three Skeleton Key” written by George G. Toudouze, the narrator sign up to work in a lighthouse located on an island called Three Skeleton Key. The Island got its name from the time three convicts escaped from the prison & got wrecked on the island. With no food or water they died, and all that was found were three skeletons. The narrator thought life was good there and they had many provisions and a nice view. In the day they clean the light tower and light, at night they shine the light. His fellow tenders Le Gleo, a breton and Itchoua, a basque were there for twenty two months.
One day, Itchoua called the other two up to the light room the see a three master coming toward their key. The ship made zig-zags, turns, and weird movements. They thought it was weird. Suddenly, the ship seemed about to crash on one of the reefs, but the ship suddenly turned with some change of the wind, and the derelict came and sailed dead away from them. Le Gleo was glad to be over with that. But as soon as he said it, the ship came back. When the ship was heading back the three of them saw giant see rats swarming the dutch ship. They knew that the crew had either been driven away or eaten by giant sea rats. These rats gained up on animals twice their size and ate them alive. After studying the ship, the narrator found out that all the lifeboats were on the boat untouched which means the crew had been eaten. The ship was heading towards the key and the island was so small that the ship could have grazed past them but, the ship was heading right towards the island. The ship had crashed on three skeleton key releasing the rats. The three men were now on a small key, sieged by hord of man eating rats