The basic situation in Richard Connell's 1924 story is that Sanger Rainsford, a New Yorker and a noted big-game hunter, falls off a yacht and into the world of General Zaroff, a Cossack and hunting enthusiast.
General Zaroff knows Rainsford by reputation; the latter has written an account...
of his hunting exploits. The Cossack is independently wealthy and bored; his only pleasure is hunting, and he has slaughtered every animal he considers worth hunting. Consequently, Zaroff has turned to hunting the ultimate quarry: humans. In Sanger Rainsford, Zaroff recognizes prey that will provide him with the challenge he is looking for: one that uses reason instead of instinct for survival.
Zaroff gives Rainsford no choice; he must participate in the hunt, and the rest of the story is comprised of their competition in the jungle with one man emerging as the victor and the other as the victim.