NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERÂ From #1 New York Times bestselling author Timothy Zahn comes an exciting Star Wars adventure, set in the time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Backâ€”featuring Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia Organa, as well as the deadly Mara Jade.Â Eight months after the Battle of Yavin, the Rebellion is in desperate need of a new base. So when Governor Ferrouz of Candoras Sector proposes an alliance, offering sanctuary for the Rebels in exchange for protection against a warlord intent on invasion, Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewbacca are sent to evaluate the deal. But Mara Jade, the Emperorâ€™s Hand, is also heading for Candoras, along with five renegade stormtroopers known as the Hand of Judgment. Their mission: to punish Ferrouzâ€™s treason and smash the Rebels. Â In this treacherous game of betrayals within betrayals, a wild card is waiting to be played.