While traveling in the Caribbean, Rainsford falls off the yacht. He swims to the shore. After some sleep, he finds a nearby house. He knocks on the door, and Ivan answers and is ready to shoot him. General Zaroff intervenes. General Zaroff gives Rainsford clean clothes and dinner.
At dinner, Rainsford learns that Zaroff hunts men. The action rises as Rainsford learns that he will be the next man General Zaroff hunts.
Given a three hour start, Rainsford sets out. He doubles back on his trail numerous times. This will definitely confuse Zaroff. The action continues to rise as Zaroff comes upon Rainsford who is hiding in a tree. Zaroff decides to play the game some more. He does not kill Rainsford when he could have. Finally, Rainsford jumps off a cliff to save his own life.
That evening, Rainsford is hiding behind the curtains in Zaroff's bedroom. Zaroff congratulates Rainsford on winning the game, but Rainsford declares that they are still playing. The reader is spellbound as the rising action comes to a climax.
The climax occurs. The resolution follows when Rainsford declares that he had not slept in a better bed.