The “Solar Queen” is in real trouble. They’ve just saved thousands of lives in a near disaster and are on the way to cash in on their newfound hero status with some profitable trade. But when they drop out of hyperspace and almost crash into a deserted ship, it’s all they can do not to become a wreck like the one they’ve stumbled across. Luckily, the derelict “Scavenger” has just enough fuel to get both ships to the nearest port, a space habitat that is home to humans and two other races. Unfortunately, when they attempt to file for scavenger rights, a crooked syndicate of bureaucrats takes an interest and threatens to scuttle Captain Jellico’s crew and their claim to the derelict.