Rainsford and his friend whitey are speaking of the large island (ship-trap island)
Aboard the yacht Rainsford and Whitney are talking about there hunting trip to the amazon. Later that night Whitney fell asleep while Rainsford stayed up leaving him to hear screams and a gun shot. Being startled Rainsford tumbled into the ocean leaving him to swim to shore.
discovering a chateau he meets a man named General Zaroff. They become friends at first learning of his hobbies and interest, finding out that he has nothing can match his expertise in hunting. well all that is left to hunt, is man
In order for Rainsford to leave the island, he must survive three nights with the supplies the General has gave him. While the General has a hand held weapon and his hounds.
Rainsford makes a trap that wounds the General but nothing fatal, he goes back to his home for rest. On the next day Rainsford makes a tiger pit trap intended for the General but claiming one of his highly trained hounds. After staying alive for three nights the General congratulates Rainsford saying "one of us will turn into furnish a repast for the hounds and the other will have an excellent bed to sleep on".