Book 1 in the Han Solo Trilogy.
He was a child without a past, a Corellian street urchin, abandoned, foraging for scaps of food, when the cruel Garris Shrike whisked him away to a nomadic band of spacefaring criminals. Now, years later, chafing under Shrike's sadistic tyranny, driven by dreams of adventure and glory, Han fights his way free. His goal: to become an Imperial Navy pilot. But first he need hands-on experience flying spacecraft, and for that he takes a job on the planet Ylesia - a steaming world of religious fanaticism, illicit drugs and alluring sensuality, where dreams are destroyed and escape is impossible.
306 page paperback novel by A. C. Crispin