On a cold night, The White family is expecting a visitor. Mr. White and his son, Herbert are playing a game of chess. Mrs. White is knitting by the fireplace. Sergeant Major Morris arrives at the house. He talks about his adventures as a long-time soldier.
Mr. White reminds Morris about a story he told about a magical monkey's paw he found in India. The Monkey paw is supposed to grant three different men three separate wishes. Mr. White says he wants the paw, but Morris says it causes trouble.
Morris throws the paw into the fireplace, but Mr. White saves it. Mr. White then wishes for $200 dollars to pay off his house. A loud noise goes off and the paw moves. Herbert gets caught in machinery at work the next day. The company compensates the family with a $200. Mr. White wishes for Herbert to be alive again.
Mr. White makes the third and final wish.
The knocking on the door stops. Mrs. White is crying, and Mr. White goes to her side to console her.
Mr. White runs through the gate, and looks down the road.