A crisis within the government of the planet Ryloth
necessitates a Jedi mediator. Master Tholme is
dispatched along with the Twi'lek Jedi, Aayla Secura for
a visit to the planet of her birth. While Tholme
negotiates with those in the seats of power, Aayla goes
undercover as a slave -- getting a taste of what her
life might have been like had she stayed on Ryloth, and
discovers a conspiracy that could topple the government
and sever Ryloth's ties to the Republic! Aayla is on the
cusp of graduating from Padawan learner to a
full-fledged Jedi Knight, but stopping the evil plot may
be a test beyond her abilities!
As Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos and his former Padawan Aayla
each prepare to take the next step in their lives as
Jedi (he to advance to the rank of Master, she from
apprentice to Knight), they each make the decision to
follow the living Force and see where it will take them.
To their surprise, they both end up in the same place --
coming upon the threads of a kidnapping plot, a
conspiracy against the Republic, and a father-and-son
team of bodyguards with the training and the weapons to
destroy two meddlesome Jedi!
Jedi Master Tholme has been captured by the dreaded
Morgukai assassins, and the ship carrying his would-be
resucers -- Jedi Quinlan Vos and Aayla Secura -- has
been shot down in the lifeless deserts of the planet
Kintan. The brave Jedi take everything the Endless
Wastes have to throw at them, from searing heat to
flesh-scouring sandstorms, but their real challenge
comes when they must face the Morgukai...
To secure the future of the planet Ryloth -- and the
continued stability of the Republic -- newly-Knighted
Jedi Aayla Secura must breech an impenetrable fortress
and rescue the young heir of one of Ryloth's ruling
clans, while her former teacher, Quinlan Vos, fights a
battle to the death against a father-and-son team of
Morgukai assassins who are armed with weapons his
lightsaber can't stop. It may be true that Jedi don't
seek excitement, but excitement has found Quin and Aayla,
and it will take every bit of their training to come out
of this adventure alive!