From the introduction:
Ravenloft has many strange locations, none as peculiar, perhaps, as the small village of Vallaki, in Barovia. Hidden in this hamlet is the inn called “The Malodorous Goat Tavern” and this tavern has patrons one would not expect to frequent together.
The tavern attracts many people: the lost, the unwelcome, the untrusted, the unneeded and the unwanted. Staffed by some of the more colourful people of the Core, the Malodorous Goat is a haven for the unusual travellers.
This item presents a fusion of "in setting" fiction and derived usable game materials (NPCs, magic items, etc).