When humanity finally unlocked the secrets to faster than light travel they also discovered that space has an ecosystem. Humanity has always looked to their tools and wits to be the dominant predator but quickly discovered that even greater more highly evolved apex predators await in the cold vacuum of space. To rival these apex predators humans did what it is natural for them to do. They formed their own monsters, in the guise of the corporations. Using debts and bounties to convince people to tackle mind-numbingly dangerous missions, they know only one truth. Space travel is expensive and people are not.