After the destruction of Alderaan, an old friend feels compelled to seek out Vader.
Finding Darth Vader is a lot harder than most people might think.
Not that anyone in his right mind would want to attract the Dark Lord's notice. In fact, most sentient beings in the galaxy want to avoid it at all costs. Vader serves as the universal fiend of the Empire - the supernatural creature that is said to be everywhere and anywhere, and from whom no one feels safe.
His is the dark shape that people expect to see when they look over their shoulders at night.
He is the demon that parents conjure to frighten their children into behaving.
Throughout the galaxy so many incidents, so many events are attributed to Vader personally that he would have to be omnipotent to be behind them all. And many believe that he is. The idea of Vader, as much as the actual man - if he is still a man - darkens the galaxy from one side to the other.
But actually finding him? That's another story entirely. No matter what the galaxy's populace believes, the odds are very small that someone like Vader would pay the slightest attention to any old insignificant speck of life in the galaxy.
Like me, for instance.
But I need to find him. The real Vader, not the myth. I don't expect it to be an adventure from which I will escape alive. But since it was Vader who shattered my life in the first place, dying by his hand would at least imbue all my lost years with a kind of poetic symmetry.