The year is 14 BBY ("Before the Battle of Yavin"), about 5 years after Palpatine declared himself the Emperor. The Empire is still consolidating power, usually ruthlessly and increasingly, using populist propaganda measures. (My baseline for the SW timeline is here.) The Outer Rim is ever chaotic, but you are mostly familiar with the turmoil in the Hutt Space. The Hutts made some aggressive moves to take back worlds fallen to the Separatists, and had to make deals with the Empire while doing so. There are many systems where the Hutts are unhappy about losing control and the Empire is moving in with an iron fist.
Led by Lana and her smuggling connections, your group has been operating for small jobs mostly, trying to pay off the debt for Twinkle. One day Lana gets a call from the Mid Rim bank she took the credit for Twinkle, and learns that the final 10.000 cr payment for the ship was sold to Teemo the Hutt. Despite her protests, the bank refers to a small print in the contract about its debt selling rights. Your group has bad history (a couple of months ago) with the hutt: After rejecting an unfair business deal offered by the hutt, you "stole" his favorite assassin, Lustin, who helped you get a better deal in exchange for being smuggled out of Tatooine. The payment day is approaching, you do not have the money yet, and instead of dealing with a bank you now have to deal with a criminal boss.
Despite Lustin's protests, you decide to visit Teemo and negotiate the payment, and hopefully inquire about why he bought the debt. Your destination is a small Tatooine town dominated by the hutt's criminal network, Mos Shuuta.