Setting: Caribbean Sea/Ship Trap Island. Rainsford, a big game hunter, is traveling to the Amazon by boat. He falls overboard and finds himself stranded on Ship Trap Island.
Rainsford finds a large home where Ivan, a servant, and General Zaroff, a Russian aristocrat, live. They take Rainsford in. However, he soon learns that to leave, he must win a game where he is the hunted!
Rainsford must survive for three days. He sets three traps to outwit the general, Ivan, and his bloodthirsty hounds.
Cornered, Rainsford jumps off a cliff, into the sea. He survives the fall and waits for Zaroff in his house.
Rainsford ambushes Zaroff, and the men duel. Presumably, Zaroff is killed and fed to the hounds.
The story ends with Rainsford saying he has never slept more soundly in his life.