the main character, rainsford, swims to the island and finds a home. The person who answers the door is very threatening looking. Rainsford is invited in for dry clothes an a meal
rainsford converses with the host, and they both talk about their hunting abilities and interests. The host talks about a new creature he is hunting. Soon, rainsford figures out he is hunting humans. The host challenges rainsford to a game.
rainsford spends his first night trying to escape zaroff, the host. Rainsford sets a trap but zaroff manages to avoid it. He leaves and comes back the next day after rainsford has moved. Rainsford sets another trap, but zaroff avoids it again, leaving and comes back the third day.
rainsford defeats zaroff by avoiding him and living for three days. he kills Ivan with one of his traps, then jumps into the ocean to escape.
rainsford swims back to zaroff house and kills him while he is in his bed.