After his failure at Florrum, Darth Maul awakens in the custody of Death Watch. The scheming Sith Lord senses opportunity, as the outlaw Mandalorian group is just what he needs to begin building a new base of power.
Pre Vizsla longs to return to Mandalore, to reclaim his warrior heritage, and oust Duchess Satine and her New Mandalorian movement. He senses a powerful ally in Darth Maul, and the two share a common foe in Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The rain-drenched swamp world of Nal Hutta is the gathering place for the Hutt Grand Council. The growing forces of the Shadow Collective arrive at the Hutt citadel to make the gangsters an offer they cannot refuse.
The loathsome head of the Hutt clans, Jabba operates out of a palace on Tatooine rather than venture all the way to his home world of Nal Hutta. His remote headquarters, however, does not put him beyond the reach of Darth Maul.
Though they see themselves as proud warriors preserving an ancient heritage, in truth the Death Watch have become vagabond thugs without a home. But their leader Pre Vizsla is hatching a dangerous plan to return them to power.