The basic situation in Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game" is that a world renowned American hunter named Sanger Rainsford accidentally comes to the island of General Zaroff, a former Russian military man who has a passion for hunting and, because he has become bored with hunting animals, now hunts men on his private island in the Caribbean Sea. Rainsford had been on his way to South America to hunt jaguars when he fell from his yacht after hearing what he thought was a gunshot coming from a nearby island. After struggling in the ocean, Rainsford makes it ashore to the island.
On shore, Rainsford discovers the empty cartridge of a twenty-two bullet, which puzzles him because it appears as though the bullet had brought down quite a large animal judging by the battered weeds which are stained with blood. The discovery proves to be foreshadowing as Rainsford soon learns that General Zaroff has devised a particularly diabolical "game" where he gives a man a head start and then tracks him through the jungle in a murderous contest which, before Rainsford had arrived, had always been won by Zaroff. Much of the story, then, is about Zaroff's relentless tracking of Rainsford and the American's ability to stay one step ahead.