Whitney and Rainsford were sailing on a Yacht to Rio to hunt Jaguars, Whitney went to his cabin to sleep and Rainsford heard a gunshot, he went to inspect the area it came from when he dropped his cigar and fell in the water.
Rainsford is stranded on an island called Shiptrap, for the fact that most ships that go there are never seen again, he wanders through the island after resting and comes across a mansion.
Rainsford knocks on the door and is greeted by a large bearded man holding a revolver in his face, another man named General Zaroff greets him and tells him the man with the gun is Ivan, another soldier.
General Zaroff invites Rainsford to dinner, with Ivan serving as a waiter, they talk about hunting for a while before Zaroff mentions that he created a new species to hunt, he would hunt human beings, and, Rainsford.
Rainsford uses his skill to narrowly survive several encounters with Zaroff and manages to kill Ivan and several hunting dogs, at one point Zaroff barely missed him and went home to prepare for the next hunt, Rainsford uses this to his advantage and sneaks into Zaroff's room.
Rainsford confronts Zaroff and is challenged to one last game to determine who got to sleep in his bed that night, they both had to survive a night against the dogs by killing them all, and each other. Rainsford kills Zaroff and describes his bed as the most comfortable bed he ever slept on.