Sailing in a boat out on the sea, Rainsford and Whitney are searching for and island. Rainsford is a courious yet confidence filled person that isn't afraid of very much. Whitney isn't a huge part of the book and does not have a big personality.
Rainsford's pipe falls out of his mouth into the sea and as rainsford reaches for it, he falls off the boat. As he awakes from the sea, he notices he is on an island with a mansion. Rainsford goes to the door of the house and is warned about the General.
As Rainsford meets the General, he finds his love for hunting. Rainsford and General get to talking and learn a lot about each other. Suddenly the General reveals his secreat.
The general hunts humans for fun. He has found that hunting animals is way to easy for him and hunting humans is a game. Rainsford informs the General that he would like to leave the islnad. So the general gives him a proposition. He will have to play his game.
After 3 hours of hiding and preperation, Rainsford had set traps and finally heard the General coming. The General had been attacked by the hidden weapons and traps but never gone down, even with the dogs.
Since the General had not caught Rainsford in the designated time, Rainsford had won the game. To follow through with the bet, th General had been thrown off the balcony and had died because he was not allowed to live anymore.