The setting takes place at night on a yacht. The characters ,Whitney and Rainsford, are on their way to go hunting.
As Rainsford smokes his pipe, he hears a gun fire. Startled, he drops his pipe and falls in the water. Knowing he can't get back on, he heads to shore.
As Rainsford reaches the shore, he finds a 22, a print of hunting boots, and lights that looked like a village. He knew there had to be men here. As he gets there, he is greeted by two men that he later finds out to be murderers and that he has to kill the men to survive.
The climax is when Rainsford jumped off the cliff and the readers didn't know whether he was alive or not.
The falling action takes place when Zaroff arrived back to his house but he didn't know that Rainsford was waiting to kill him.
The resolution takes place when Rainsford goes to bed after killing Zaroff.