On a dark night, Rainsford and Whitney sat on the deck of their yacht talking. Whitney mentions an island called "Ship-Trap Island", he says sailors dread it and steer clear. Whitney decides to go to bed while Rainsford says he will stay up alittle longer.
Rainsford fell overboard and decided to swim to the island that was nearby. There he discovered a mansion owned by a man named General Zaroff.
Rainsford discovers the General Zaroff hunts humans and makes a game out of it. Unfortunately, Rainsford becomes the next contestant of his game. Zaroff told Rainsford "If my quarry eludes me for three whole days, he wins the game.". If they cannot they die.