First I need to explain I've never read any of her other works in this universe. Indeed, this is the first of her books I'd ever heard of. While there are allusions to previously mentioned events I clearly was missing, the author did a good job of explaining the missing info so new readers wouldn't be lost.
Bryn has long dreamed of becoming a tracker for the Kanin kingdom and she's close to graduation. After serving as a guard during a palace celebration, her life is torn apart when Konstantin Black - trusted member of the elite Högdragen guards - attacks the Chancellor, her father and wounds her before fleeing.