Previously: Hrut goes to Norway in pursuit of his inheritance and meets King Harald. Hrut spends a fortnight in the (ahem) upper chamber with the king’s mother. Harald soon makes him a retainer.
Hrut learns that Soti, the keeper of the inheritance, has run off with the money to Denmark. The Cayman Islands of medieval Europe? Anyway, King Harald and his lusty mother Gunnhild loan the intrepid Icelander four longships to go after the thieving nogoodnik. They also assign Ulf the Unwashed, leader of the gestasveit, to lend our hero service. In a footnote we learn the gestasveit was a secret police organization responsible for rooting out rebellion. King Harald sees off Hrut and the pursuit is on!
Next time: Hrut runs afoul of pirates; spears are thrown; much booty is seized.