Ransford, a big game hunter, is traveling to the Amazon by boat. He falls over board and finds himself stranded on Ship Trap Island. Rainsford finds a large home where Ivan, a servant, and General Zaroff, a Russian aristocrat, live.
Rainsford and General Zaroff are fighting for different goals, Zaroff for fun and amusement and Rainsford for survival goals.
Due to Rainsford's physical fitness and training, he's able to keep cool and swim to the shore of 'Ship Trap Island.' After making it, he falls into a deep sleep.
"The Most Dangerous Game" comes near the end of the story when Rainsford finds himself trapped and is forced to make a decision: whether to stand up to the approaching Zaroff or to take his chances with the dangerous waters below.
Rainsford discovers that he is to be the prey for Zaroff's next hunt.
The story ends with Rainsford say he has never slept so soundly in his life.