In the beginning of the story Rainsford and his friends went hunting on a island called ship trap. Rainsford fell out of the boat and swims to a castle where he heard gun shots.
When Rainsford got to the castle he knocked on the door. He meets Ivan and General Zaroff. General Zaroff is in charge of the castle and Ivan is General Zaroff's helper that is mute.
Inside General Zaroff house he treats Rainsford very well with food and drink. General Zaroff tells Rainsford that he wants to go hunting with Rainsford. He told Rainsford that he got bored of hunting animals so now he hunts humans.
General Zaroff showed Rainsford his room. He told Rainsford that he wants to hunt with Rainsford in the morning. Rainsford walked to the door and it was locked. Later on the night Rainsford hears gun shots and knew it was General Zaroff.
Rainsford tells General Zaroff that he would not hunt with him because he does not want to hunt humans. General Zaroff tells Rainsford that he want hunt Rainsford and would give him food and three hour head start. He tells Rainsford that if he survives three days than he wins. He warns Rainsford not to leave the island because he has dog on duty.
Rainsford found a way to get into General Zaroff's castle and General Zaroff was shocked. He asked Rainsford how did he get in the room. General Zaroff dogs ate him and Rainsford became the new leader.