PLOT. Rainsford falls off his yacht and swims ashore on a mysterious island in the Caribbean. He discovers a mansion owned by General Zaroff, a former Russian Cossack. Like Rainsford, whose name he recognizes, Zaroff is also a big game hunter. After wining and dining Rainsford, Zaroff announces that Rainsford will be the prey of his next hunt--human prey, which Zaroff now prefers. Zaroff gives Rainsford a head start, and the hunt begins.
CONFLICT. The general conflict in the story comes from General Zaroff's desire to hunt a "more dangerous game"--the human kind. The second half of the story results in Rainsford's ability to survive the skilled hunting ability of the Cossack.
CHARACTERS. Sanger Rainsford and General Zaroff are the main characters. Both are world-class hunters, but Zaroff has grown bored with big game, and has moved on to hunting human beings. Rainsford represents good; Zaroff evil. Zaroff does have some positive aspects, however. He has great taste in food, clothing and art, and he is basically honest. Despite the terrible style of the hunt, he keeps his word concerning the rules of his game.