In the exposition of the short story "Three Skeleton Key" written by George G. Toudouze, the men have been working their shift, but then they see a ship that seems to have been abandoned. First, the narrator starts off by saying that this was the most terrifying experience of his life. He then goes on to explain how "Three Skeleton Key" got its name. It got its name because of a story of three convicts who were trying to escape in a dugout canoe who made it through the sea but died of hunger and thirst. The three men who work in the lighthouse are Itchoua, Le Gleo, and the Narrator who keep watch on the sea for incoming ships. As they're keeping watch, they see a ship, plowing through the water, coming right towards them. It's going crazy, left and right, back and fourth. The ship kept coming toward them, then away from them, then towards them again, just teasing them. In summary, the men are keeping watch, and they see a ship and coming towards them, then coming away from them, looking like no one is aboard the ship and that it has been abandoned.