Drake Paulsen travels to Tatooine after hearing that a
friend of his father's is in trouble. Waiting out a dust
storm, he finds his ship surrounded by Sandpeople. One
of the "raiders" is Tait Ransom, who carries
in the "friend" - Toob Ancher, who is on the
verge of death thanks to Jabba the Hutt. Toob tells him
to set course for Redcap, where he claims "the
biggest spice shipment you or any smuggler has ever
seen" is there. He reveals that Drake's late father
was one of the Black Bha'lir, an infamous pirate group.
He seems to be slowly going insane - and Drake learns
why when he finds another friend, Fahs Oxsor, on Redcap.
Ancher is suffering from "Bitter Winter," an
intense mental illness. He is in the last stages of the
disease, and the best thing Drake can do for him now is
to take him out himself. Ancher heads out for the spice
shipment he swears is in Tyma Canyon, with Drake along
for the ride. Ancher is growing crazier and crazier, and
finally steals a Headhunter and goes head-to-head with
an Imperial Star Galleon. Drake is forced to join with
the Imperials to fight Toob. The Imperial captain,
Calder, gives Drake an option - kill Ancher or he will.
Drake solemnly blows Ancher out of the stars. The
Imperials let Drake go on his way, and he returns to
Redcap to mourn. He decides it is time to try a Kessel
spice run himself.