Bounty hunter Tao Illwind bought The Spectrum from a sports team owner on some backwater planet. (The ship's accent colors matched the team's colors, according to the owner. And strangely enough, the sport was played on ice with wooden sticks.) Anyway, blah blah blah, the ship has laser guns, armor, big engines, and a nice little place that Tao can put his bounties. Tao flies The Spectrum with the help of Smedley, his little monkey.