Book I, Part IV
Jedi Padawan Eldra Kaitis is the prisoner of profiteering gangster Xev Xrexus. Xrexus has gathered the most dangerous crime bosses in the galaxy to participate in an auction to purchase the Padawan.
Sith apprentice Darth Maul has infiltrated the auction against the will of his Master, the mysterious Darth Sidious. With a group of bounty hunters—including Cad Bane and Aurra Sing—Maul plans on kidnapping the Padawan and killing her in order to satiate his desire for vengeance against the Jedi.
Though the kidnapping proceeds successfully, Maul is baited by the Padawan, who claims to be his equal and demands a fair fight. Their potential duel is cut short when Xrexus, having discovered the theft, has their vessel shot down—and invites the disappointed crime bosses from the auction to hunt them for sport….