The Wizards Guild has been shattered by a coup and Geralt seriously injured. The Witcher is supposed to be a guardian of the innocent, a defender against powerful and dangerous monsters that prey on men. War rages across the land, the future of magic is under threat and those sorcerers who survive are determined to protect it. It's an impossible situation in which to find one girl - Ciri, the heiress to the throne of Cintra, has vanished - until a rumor places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the Emperor. Injured or not, Geralt has a rescue mission on his hands.