While Luke Skywalker takes the first step toward setting up an academy to train a new order of Jedi Knights, Han Solo and Chewbacca are taken prisoner on the planet Kessel and forced to work in the fathomless depths of a spice mine.
But when Han and Chewie break away, they flee desperately to a secret Imperial research laboratory surrounded by a cluster of black holes and go from one danger to a far greater one.
On Kessel, Luke picks up the trail of his two friends, only to come face-to-face with a weapon so awesome, it can wipe out an entire solar system. It is a death ship called the Sun Crusher, invented by a reclusive genius and piloted by none other than Han himself...
Jedi Search lives right up to its name. For the first time, Luke is actually starting his journey in rebuilding the Jedi. After receiving permission from the New Republic to start his academy, he starts his search for potential Jedi students. Luke's journey takes him to the volcanic world of Eol Sha, very similar to Mustafar, to investigate a potential new student, Gantoris. Gantoris and the people of Eol Sha put Luke thru a series of trials to prove his intentions with Gantoris. Luke and Leia also assist in the relocation of the Eol Sha people to save them from their currently unstable planet.
After going back to Coruscant after a failed business venture, Lando is dispatched by Leia to investigate another potential Jedi for the New Republic.
Han and Chewie's adventure as diplomatic adversaries to the Spice Mines of Kessel and find themselves in the hands of an old enemy during the days of the Empire. The are taken hostage and are working in the Spice Mines, and meet up with a young man with extreme potential as a Jedi.
The adventures in this book takes us to many familiar and new places. Han and his gang end up in the Maw, a cluster of black holes, in one of their escapes and find themselves cornered by Imperial Forces that have lost contact with the Empire since the creation of the first Death Star. Another weapon of mass destruction is unveiled, while Han is taken captive by the Imperials that believe they are still under Governor Tarkin's orders. There are many turns and new faces forming the New Republic in this novel; while we still never lose track of the victors over Endor.
Luke is beginning to lead the way to creating the Jedi Knights of the New Republic and establishing his Jedi Praxium over none other that the forth moon over Yavin, Dxun. Much darkness resides in the history of Dxun, such as the exile of Dark Lord of the Sith, Exar Kuun, from over 3,500 years before and is much alive in the Force.
"This is the beginning Leia, I feel it. Great things are coming. The Jedi Knights will rise again."
Star Wars Hitchhiker