From the Back of the Book:
The Great Road, that ancient highway stretching between Khazan and Khosht, has long been the overland trade artery of the Empire of Khazan. Armed men guard every caravan, for the route is not a safe one. Still, the way has become even more perilous since the re-emergence of the Cult of the Great Bear. Sweeping from the forested hills north of Khosht, the Cultists have wiped out whole caravans, leaving only the bloody ground for would-be rescuers to find.