A man named General Zaroff greets Rainsford from behind the large man, gives him a change of clothes, and invites him to dinner.
Zaroff explains that he owns this island and hunts animals of all kinds from all over the planet, and that he has invented a new animal to hunt- an animal able to reason.
Rainsford realizes the general is hunting humans and tells him he is crazy and to send him home, but the general has other plans for Rainsford. Zaroff tells Rainsford that if he can run from him for three days then he can go home.
Rainsford puts as much distance between him and the general as possible, but realizes that's what the others did. He then begins to weave a complicated trail through the trees so Zaroff couldn't find him.
Rainsford then gets tired and decides to climb a tree to sleep in. When he wakes General Zaroff finds him and blows a smoke ring in the air to tell Rainsford to be more challenging, so Rainsford sets traps.
One hits Ivan, killing him. Another kills the general's dog. This angers the general. Rainsford begins to run for his life, but then realizes the only way to survive is to kill the general. So he starts towards the house, enters, and lies in wait.