During a time of conflict, the galaxy's supply of bacta,
used to treat the sick and injured, runs dangerously low
making the existing supply highly valuable. The
charismatic and bold Iaco Stark brings together a
conglomeration of pirates and smugglers to form the
Stark Commercial Collective. Their goal: liberate the
existing supplies of bacta for the Outer Rim colonies.
Intrigue and treachery abound until Senator Valorum
arranges to bring in the Jedi to negotiate peace between
the Republic, the Trade Federation, and the Stark
Collective. Before talks can begin double-crosses are
already being planned. But what exactly is the trap and
who will fall victim?
Iaco Stark has cut off the hyperspace lanes to Republic
ships and the remnants of the Republic Army and Navy are
stranded with the Jedi Tyvokka, Plo Koon, Adi Gallia,
Qui-Gon Jinn, and Obi-Wan Kenobi on Troiken. Meanwhile,
Tholme and his Padawan discover the truth about the
scarcity of bacta.
To prevent the Republic Senate from surrendering, the
Jedi must get Senator Valorum back to Coruscant. The
assaults grow heavier on the remnants of the Republic
forces on Troiken and the fragile defense falls
increasingly to Plo Koon. Can Qui-Gon Jinn find the
secret of the virus that has corrupted the Republic nav
computers and open up the hyperspace lanes to the
Republic again? Meanwhile, Tholme and his apprentice,
Quinlan Vos, struggle to get what they've learned back
to the other Jedi.
While Tholme and Quinlan Vos try to make their escape
from Thyferra, the Republic forces on Troiken stage a
desperate battle against the overwhelming might of the
Stark Collective. Can Plo Koon, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Adi
Gallia rally the troops? And can they get Senator
Valorum back to Coruscant before the Republic surrenders
to Stark's demands?