Whitney and Rainsford are on a yacht headed for Rio to hunt jaguars. They are in the middle of the ocean with no surroundings for a couple miles. It's late at night and they can't see much.
When they are on the deck Rainsford hears a gunshot in the distance. He finds this weird becuase they are in the ocean. He walks of to the rail to see where it came from exactly.
As he listens for the gunshots he leans on the rail. He puts his pipe in his mouth pleasure. Whitney comes up to him and says that he is going to bed and he goes off to bed.
As he is leaning on the rail he hears the gunshot once again and now it is closer and it scares him. He drops his pipe of the yacht, he reaches for it and falls of the rail!
He swims towards the gunshots. After swimming for a couple of hours he reaches an island. On this island he finds a house and goes up to the door.
He finds a big man pointing a gun at him and he says "my name is Rainsford." The man doesn't speak. Then a man named General Zaroff walks down some steps and said "Rainsford!" I have read your books about hunting I love them. General Zaroff is a freak he hunts humans.