In a small villa in the countryside, Mr. and Mrs. White and their son Herbert welcome Sargent Major Morris for dinner. He tells them about stories of far away places and about a strange dried monkey's paw that grants 3 wishes.
Wait for me dear!
Sargent Morris throws the paw into the fire but Mr. White grabs it before it burns too much. Sgt. Morris warns him about the consequences of the paw and tells Mr. White to put it back in the fire. Mr. White refuses and they proceed by eating dinner. Sgt. Morris leaves and the family thinks about what to wish for.
Hon, come help me. Quick!
They decide to wish for 200 pounds but when they wish, nothing happens. The next day Herbert is wished luck at work and Mr. and Mrs. White wait for him to come home. Mrs. White watches a stranger dressed well deciding if he should come through the gate or not. When he comes through, they welcome him in he tells them Herbert got caught in the machinery and is dead. The company gave the White's 200 pounds for his death.
They bury Herbert and all is solemn at the White's house. One night, Mrs. White tells Mr. White to wish their son alive again and so he does. Nothing happens but they hear knocking later in the night. Mrs. White rushes down but Mr. White won't help her open the door.
Mr. White searches for the paw and makes his final wish just as Mrs. White unlatches the door. When Mrs. White flings the door open, there is nothing there. Mrs. White is distraught.
Mr. White gets courage to go over and comfort Mrs. White. Mr. White goes out in the street to where the lamp flickered in the desolate street. All is still and quiet.