John Crichton is an American astronaut, catapulted by an experiment-gone-wrong into a distant corner of space. He's been taken in by a motley band of escaped alien prisoners on a living ship called Moya. They travel around the galaxy, constantly staying one step ahead of the evil, militaristic Peacekeepers. In this adventure (set during the show's smash first season), Moya is in orbit around an isolated desert planet, recovering from damage. She is suddenly attacked and boarded by a Peacekeeper strike wing. Moya's crew scatters. Some hide aboard the ship; others are captured; a few escape. Crichton, with the alluring Chiana, makes it off the ship in Aeryn's Prowler. They are shot down, and crash-land in the trackless desert. Stranded, unaware of their friends' fates, Crichton and Chiana must find a way to fix their spacecraft and get back to Moya to free their friends. In the meantime, they become mixed up with warring alien factions, and uncover heinous conspiracies and terrible crimes that threaten the stability of the entire galaxy.