Rainsford is on his way to rio on a yacht. he discusses the mysterious island with whitney. whitney explains that it is a place that sailors fear and feel is cursed. rainsford goes to sleep
Rainsford awakes to the sound of gunshots. When he goes to the rail, he falls overboard trying to catch hose pipe that fell overboard as he was trying to determine where the noise was coming from
Rainsford manages to make it to shore on the island. He hears pistol shots and is relieved because that means that the island is inhabited and he can get help. Rainford discovers a house, he knocks on the door and introduced himself to General Zaroff and Ivan. Rainsford is fed and clothed and he and Zaroff begin to discuss hunting large game.
As they discuss hunting. General Zaroff explains that the only game he is interested in hunting anymore is human. Rainsford thinks he is kidding but soon realizes he is not. Rainsford demands to be let off of the island but General Zaroff tell him that he can go if he survives being hunted.
Rainsford hides in the jungle and makes traps. He manages to kill one of his hunting dogs, and Ivan. RAinsford hides behind curtains and startles Zaroff. He explains how he made it to the property. Zaroff congratulates him on winning the game. He tells Rainsford that “One of us is to furnish a repast for the hounds. The other will sleep in this very excellent bed. On guard, Rainsford.”