Once Ezra was a relatively peaceful world known for farmers and ranchers. Then, near the end of the war, its governor dies unexpectedly, throwing the planet into chaos. The lieutenant governor was ill-equipped for the job. To make matters worse. thousands of refugees and former soldiers from both sides of the war were pouring into Ezra. Jobs got real scarce, the rank of unemployed swelled, and the economy went belly up. Criminals flocked to Ezra as word spread of overwhelmed law enforcement and the potential to hide under the larger problems.
Adelai Niska has a skyplex in orbit. Using some legitimate businesses as a front, for a long time he managed to avoid prosecution through the use of bribes, assassination, an the threat of his torture chambers. Recently, however, Niska tortured the wrong person, and his long period of operating outside the law has come to a middle. A video of him torturing the daughter of Chauncey Wing, pater familias of the wealthy and powerful Wing clan, was somehow leaked over the cortex and went viral. The Wings have made it their personal vendetta to bring Niska to justice. Through the might of their money and political power, they managed to get him declared an outlaw by the Alliance justice system. They promise to match the Alliance bounty for any man daring enough to “arrest” Niska.