In a time of increasing chaos in the Galaxy, divided Imperial forces contend ferociously for control of the Empire.
The Rebel Alliance is quick to take advantage of the upheaval, spreading the cry of rebellion far and wide – and inflicting stinging blows against the feuding Imperials.
At the height of the growing anarchy, a captured Star Destroyer piloted by Luke Skywalker, Lando Calrissian and Wedge Antilles is shot down over Imperial City.
In an attempt to rescue their fallen comrades, Princess Leia and Han Solo, together with the Wookiee Chewbacca and protocol droid C-3PO, fly the Millennium Falcon into the heart of the conflagration.
But Skywalker, now a Jedi of the highest order, refuses to be saved. Instead he chooses to face a mysterious energy storm that sweeps him, along with R2-D2, toward certain destruction.
Meanwhile, at a secret rebel base, Alliance leader Mon Mothma receives disturbing information: a Dark Side power has emerged from hiding, reunifying the feuding Imperials and gathering the technological might of the Empire for a major assault on the worlds of the Rebellion.