Well, the idea is that Kanae Akecheta comes from a native american tribe deep in the forest. Due to a long time of communion and exposure to spirit and magical effects and stuff, SURGE is a fairly common occurrence in the tribe, and they embrace it wholly. Awakened individuals are less widespread in the village, and they're usually titled shamans to a particular beast spirit or element, usually based on their SURGE expressions. The village is presided and safeguarded by a powerful wolfish beast spirit, and the Wolf Shaman who represents it is considered the village's spiritual leader.
Kanae comes from a line of wolf changelings, with her mother being the last Wolf Shaman, though she died giving birth to Kanae. This left the village without a spiritual leader, so Kanae was groomed since her childhood to become the next Wolf Shaman. She grew up to be a jerk all around; of course, if you were told you were going to lead your people and were blessed by the wolf god, the power might go to your head too.
It was a tradition in the village for the Wolf Shaman to leave their home and learn the ways of the world, as a means of expanding their horizons and understanding. Kanae was also sent on this quest, as the villagers hoped it would cool her heels and get her feet wet in the outside world. If that didn't work, then at least everyone in the village gets to breathe easy while she's gone.