Sergeant-Major Morris told the White family (Mr. White, Mrs. white, and Herbert White) about trips to India. He also gave the whites a monkey's paw that is said to have magical abilities to grant three wishes.
Go get the paw and wish our boy alive again.
The Sergeant-Major gave the White family the paw with a warning: "Pitch it on the fire again like a sensible man."
Mr. White made a wish to get rich. And because he did not heed Morris's warning, Herbert died and they got 200 pounds in compensation.
A few days after Herbert's funeral, Mrs. White demands to use the monkey paw to bring their son back to life.
Mrs. white got the paw herself and made the wish, which caused loud knocking and banging at the door. Mr. White got the monkey's paw before Mrs. White could open the door that could have been the barrier between the couple and a zombie son.