From the introduction:
The men and women warriors of your clan are far away across the dark sea, raiding. You are a young warrior—a wildling—not yet tested in the Trials.
Two nights ago, a foul thing crept from the ruins beyond the old forest into the village and carried away two sheep, a barrel of lard, and a small child: Rylka, daughter of Yuri Red Hand.
The wise women have met in council and decreed that something must be done. The People of the Stone Spire are not to be preyed upon. Though the child might be eaten by now, a rescue must nevertheless be undertaken.
You have been chosen for this task. Take up your arms and steel your courage. The time has come to do your duty.