If it weren’t for his bad luck, fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick – falsely accused of the murder of his fellow Jedi students – would have no luck at all. A wealthy industrialist, hoping to promote the standing of his homeworld, forces the completion of a weapon which will jeopardize the security of the whole Republic… and Zayne’s friend, the senile genius Camper, is the key to the project! When the planet Taris is overrun by the warlike Mandalorians, Zayne is drawn back there to help defend it, only to find himself accused of triggering the invasion in the first place. Worse, he finds himself allied with one of the Jedi Masters who have falsely accused him, and she may be more interested in killing him than saving the planet. To top it off, the one girl for whom Zayne has ever had romantic feelings believes the propaganda that Zayne is a murderer, and also wants to kill him to avenge the death of her brother!