This is the first book in the Jedi Apprentice series, which details the relationship between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn. In this first instalment, Obi-Wan is feeling desperate because he has one month to be chosen as a Knight's Padawan or else his Jedi training must stop. He clings to the hope that Qui-Gon will take him on, but Jinn has painful memories of an earlier apprentice, Xanatos, that keep him from wanting to take on another. Still, as Yoda explains to his friend, sometimes fate decides things for us, and he turns out to be right as Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan find themselves travelling together on a ship fraught with danger.
Since we know how this will all turn out eventually, what becomes important is the journey, and this first in the series is an enjoyable introduction to three great characters -- Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Yoda. The situations are interesting and the other characters are realistic, but the heart of the story lies in the excitement of seeing Jinn and Kenobi taking their first tentative steps toward a partnership. Great fun!