A crew is sailing across the Caribbean Sea near a large island, called Ship-Trap island
Rainsford falls off of the boat at night and his crew doesn't notice, leaving him. Luckily, he hears gunshots nearby and swims his way to an island
Rainsford reaches a castle on an island and is met by a big bulky man. Then, an excellent hunter, General Zaroff, welcomes Rainsford and tells him how hunting is too easy, so now he has decided to hunt a more intellectual animal: humans
As Rainsford is about to be caught by General Zaroff, he plunges 20 feet off of a cliff on the island into the water, creating a lot of suspense.
General Zaroff locks himself into his room to go to sleep, and when he turns on the lights, Rainsford is there. Zaroff congratulates Rainsford, and tells him one of them will be fed to dogs, the other will sleep in his bed, foreshadowing they are about to fight.
Rainsford sleeps in the bed, which shows that he has defeated Zaroff because he got the bed while Zaroff got fed to the dogs