Choux is a strange system. The big star, located on the fringes of civilized space, is orbited by 47 planets, many of which have half a dozen or more moons. All the planets are gaseous except the 21st out from Choux, an inhospitable desert planet with no meaningful resources. Given its strange situation, it was almost inevitable that this little planet, now called Burke’s World, become a haven for pirates, smugglers, and other lawless types. Choux’s location makes it hard to patrol; Burke’s World’s lack of resources makes it uninteresting to the Planetary Union or any of the other galactic powers. Most of all, however, the huge, complex mass of planets and moons that surrounds Burke’s World acts as a screen protecting the planet from unwanted visitors. Navigating the ever-shifting gravity wells of the Choux system requires either the hands and mind of a neurosurgeon or, more likely, a map or guide from the Burkeworlders.