It starts with some people that could be a family in a home waiting for someone. Then a army general arrives and talks to them about a monkey paw that can grant three wishes. Once the three wishes have been used it no longer works for you. The old man in the household has much interest in the paw and when its thrown onto the fire he takes it away against the generals wishes. When the old man wishes for 200 pounds (money) he never gets it. The next day however they get 200 pounds when there is a accident at a factory and a family member gets hurt! The person dies and the mom wants him back. She wishes for him and then someone knocks at the door.