Han and Leia are hunted. By their own son, no less. The Skywalkers are strained as Luke and Mara suspect Lumiya is behind Jacen’s new path and neither like that he wants Ben to follow him. All the while they are still working behind the scenes with Han and Leia.
This is the first book we really get to see Ben on his own. It’s a good side story that grows Ben’s character a lot. From this book on, Ben really begins to think for himself and not just lean on what Jacen or Luke and Mara tell him. It’s a hard path that starts in a dark place on Ziost, but it’s a necessary one.
Han, Leia, Luke and Mara gather with Wedge, Iella, Corran and Mirax on Booster Terrik’s red star destroyer and discuss what’s going on in the galaxy. They come to the conclusion that someone is manipulating the war for their own ends and instead of focusing on the war, they should focus on finding the manipulator.
There’s a lot more going on, but it’s been a while now since I read it. It’s a good book and fits well as part of the story of the Legacy of the Force series.