Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. The first book in the series follows a young Viking boy, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, son of Viking chief Stoick the Vast. Hiccup and his friend Fishlegs join a group of boys and set out to catch and train a dragon to be initiated into their clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans. Those who fail will be exiled forever. Hiccup and his dragon Toothless become the unlikely heroes of this Viking adventure.