On the Alderaanian colony moon of Wayward, Spang Kuat realizes his parents have vanished without warning. Using his father’s subspace computer terminal, Spang contacts his sister, Ryla, who he hadn’t seen in nearly five years. Now living under the false name Quellas, Ryla is a member of a the crew of the Ciroq, a smuggling vessel Captained by Devaronian scoundrel, Vilash Maxus. While Spang informed his sister of their parent’s disappearance, Captain Maxus agrees to take Ryla back home. When they investigate their parent’s home, they find a mysterious datapad with a note for Spang. It doesn’t take too long to discover that their parents left for Waypoint Space Station. Captain Maxus volunteers to take the siblings that far before his business forces him to resume his former course.
On the Hutt Syndicate Moon of Hod-Radaan, known more commonly as the Hive, the Wookie slicer Rhysh similarly realizes his mother is missing, taking easily barterable valuables, clothing, and her treasured Bowcaster. Rhysh contacts Varssk Attrador, the Trandoshan son of his mother’s old school friend, Lanklaa. Varssk’s parents are likewise missing under identical circumstances. It takes Rhysh little time to slice into the Hive’s porous spaceport databases and track down their parent’s destination: Waypoint. The pair arrange for transport in a spice freighter.
On brutal Tatooine, Marcus Aranar finds his parent’s compound empty. Tracking them to the spaceport settlement of Mos Espa, the young survivalist meets Shala’sinya at a Cantina, and the pair quickly discovers that their parents departed the planet together. Sinya extorts their parent’s flight-plan from a corrupt Imperial bureaucrat at blaster-point. Her allies in the anti-slavery movement are willing tot ake her as far as that destination: Waypoint.
When the six gather they instantly recognize one another from their meeting seven years earlier on the very same Space Station: as children they traveled with their with their parents, most of whom knew one another on Alderaan. While the elders closeted themselves away to discuss whether or not to join the infant Rebellion, the children were left to their own devices. They quickly started eavesdropping on their parents, but were distracted by a young Togruta who was crying because of a lost pet.
The six immediately set off to find the lost Grumley, and after some minor misadventures in the ventilation ducts caught sight of it. Varssk spotted the small furry rodent’s exit point, and the children followed, cornering it in a small cramped storage room. Suddenly four electrified gates dropped down, trapping them, and the Grumley revealed itself to be a sapient (if unpleasant) creature: a slaver with a crew of thugs. Furthermore, he revealed that the children were trapped on his ship which would soon be off.
Working together under Rhysh’s direction, the six managed to short out the cage and unhinge the door. They rapidly snuck into the cockpit, where Ryla took the helm while Rhysh attempted to break the com jammer that was preventing them from contacting their parents. When it became clear they couldn’t exit the ship without running into the arms of a mob of slavers, Ryla decided to take the ship out of the hanger. Varssk deactivated the com jammer, but started a fire in the process. Spang and Sinya worked desperately to contain the fire (at the cost of Sinya’s modesty). Marcus contacted his father, but they were soon out of com range.
The ship spiraled at a breakneck pace to the barren planet below, and the one remaining slaver attempted to gain entry into the cockpit. Varssk took a knife Marcus had found and gutted the slaver the moment the door opened. Spang quickly acted to save the detestable slaver’s life, while the ship continued to rocket toward its doom. Sinya located another small group of children in a cage, and acting quickly, Marcus used the felled slaver’s blaster to pinpoint a power conduit while the vessel rocked around them. Ryla managed to bring the ship into a safe landing while Sinya comforted the children. With their cage no longer electrified the jolting landing did them no extra harm. Rhysh quickly activated a beacon so their parents could find them.
Once the vessel was on the ground, a new threat emerged in the shape of the Grumley landing on a smaller attack vessel. But before he and his goons could breach the crashed ship, the children’s parents arrived on Sinya’s father’s smuggling vessel. Shala’firith heralded his arrival by destroying the second slaver vessel. Then the parents confronted the slavers and before the Grumley could complete his threat, opened fire.
The slavers were wiped out, save for the one that had been stabbed. The elders took their children back to the space station, turned their prisoner over to the station authorities, and learned that the Grumley and his gang had been kidnapping children across the sector using the same trick to lure children into their ship’s hold, and then vanish.
The parents departed, the episode having convinced them that keeping their children safe was a more pressing duty than opposing the Empire. But they kept in touch, as did some of the children. And thus, seven years later, on the very same space station, they came together again, following their parents once more.