Whitney and Rainsford were sailing to go hunting and Rainsford grabbed his pipe so he could see out. As he was looking about into the Caribbean night the looked to far and dropped his pipe and he tried to reach for it and fell overboard.
Rising Action #3
When Rainsford fell overboard he swam to shore and found a bullet and saw what he thought was a village but was actually just one place. When he got inside he met General Zaroff who also hunts. They started talking and Zaroff said that hunting animals got so boring that he needed to come up with a new game.
Rainsford figures out that his new game is hunting humans. He must not be caught by Zaroff for 3 days in order to survive. The first night he runs around in circles around the woods and hid in a tree so he can confuse Zaroff. Although Zaroff saw him in the tree he let him go and he survives the first night.
As he survived the first night he now has to create a new plan for tomorrow night. His second plan worked except for one thing... he didn't stab Zaroff with a knife, he stabbed Ivan and killed him instead.
After he stabbed Ivan he ran and headed toward a cliff, which led him to his next plan.There he jumped off the cliff into the water and swam back to the castle.
Once Zaroff gave up on hunting him he went back to his room to where he found Rainsford. He had told Rainsford that he had won the game and he killed Zaroff and slept in his bed peacefully.