When Rainsford heard gunshots in the distance, he leaned on the rail of the ship and fell overboard into the ocean. He Calls out for the ship but alas, he has no luck. He remembers hearing the gunshots and begins swimming in the distance of where he heard the shots.
After swimming to shore, he decides to rest for the night. The next day he wakes up in the late afternoon. He realizes he is really hungry and hears shots. He comes to the conclusion that "Where there are pistol shots, there are men. And where there are men, there is food. He finds boot tracks and begins following them.
After following the foot steps for hours on end, he stumbles upon what he first thinks is a mirage. Then he realizes that its a chateau. He passes through the gate and knocks on the door. A huge man comes to the door, and after Rainsford introduces himself, the man at the door recognizes his name from the hunting books he's read. He invites Rainsford in to the chateau.
Inside the house, the man greets Rainsford and says his name is General Zaroff. He explains to Rainsford that he used to be a Cossack General, but he left when Russia become the Soviet Union. He tells Rainsford that his whole life had always been hunting, but recently his passion for it started to fade away. So he explains to Rainsford that he hunts ship crews who get stranded on his island. He invites Rainsford to go hunting the next day, but Rainsford declines, feeling that its morally not right to hunt men for pleasure.
After refusing to go hunting, Rainsford is guided to his room and tries to go to bed. After a little while he hears rustling in the forest, and looks out his window. He sees green eyes moving in the forest. Rainsford decides its the best to go to sleep and right before he dozes off, he hears the slight sound of a pistol being fired.
The next day when general Zaroff returns for lunch, he tells Rainsford about his plans for today's hunt. But then, Rainsford finds out he will be the prey and not a hunter.