In the war against the ruthless Yuuzhan Vong, the fall
of Coruscant leaves the New Republic divided by internal
strife, and on the verge of bowing to conquest. But
those who steadfastly refuse to consider surrender Luke
Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and their
children and comrades-in-arms are determined to seize
victory against overwhelming odds. And now, finally,
there are signs that the tide may be turning in the New
After capturing crucial Yuuzhan Vong intelligence, Jedi
fighter-pilot Jaina Solo prepares to lead a daring
surprise strike against an enemy flagship. Meanwhile,
Jainaís brother Jacen liberated from the hands of the
enemy and newly schooled in an even greater mastery of
the Force by the Jedi Knight Vergere is eagerly poised
to bring his unique skills to bear against the invaders.
And on Mon Calamari, the New Republicís provisional
capital, the retired, ailing hero Admiral Ackbar has
conceived a major tactical plan that could spell the
beginning of a swift end for the Yuuzhan Vong.
Yet even as opposing squadrons face off in the depths of
space, intrigue runs rampant: in the heated political
race for Chief of State, in the shadows where Yuuzhan
Vong spies plot assassinations, and in the inscrutable
creature Vergere, a Jedi Knight whose allegiance is
impossible to predict. And as Luke Skywalker sets about
re-establishing the Jedi Council, the growing faction
opposed to the ways of the Force unveils a terrifying
weapon designed to annihilate the Yuuzhan Vong species.
But in doing so, they may be dooming the New Republic to
becoming the very thing it has sworn to fight against -
and unleashing the power of the dark side.