The Pallas sets the stage. For a myriad of reasons several unique characters congregate on this Imperial ship. Some prisoners, some crew, some merely crossing the star ways at the behest of the ever present and invisible hand of destiny.
Skimming the edges of the Frontier the Pallas is taking some high value cargo to various high value colonies. One stop along the way is the Tartarus prison world to drop off prisoners the Empire desires to scrutinize further,.