The Yuuzhan Vong are marching through the galaxy and the planet Duro becomes a flashpoint of conflict. Leia Organa Solo is ordered to lead a diplomatic envoy from the New Republic to Duro to seek terms. From prior experience, she knows the Yuuzhan Vong will only accept their annihilation due to their machine-influenced culture, which the Yuuzhan Vong consider an abomination to their gods. She clandestinely leads a military force to Duro which stops the Yuuzhan Vong from advancing further into the galaxy, but fails to retake Duro.
Amidst the chaos, Jacen Solo is faced with a dilemma. At what point does the use of the Force become an act of aggression? The situation causes Jacen to turn away from the Force, but when the life of a loved one hangs in the balance, Jacen must come to a decision, or risk losing everything. Meanwhile, Mara Jade discovers she holds something special that change her and Luke's lives.
Representatives of the Yuuzhan Vong eventually tap into the galaxywide HoloNet and propose peace terms themselves. They will advance no farther, and instead they will demonstrate on Duro the success of their terraforming, but only if all the Jedi are surrendered to them.