In the Galaxies Theatre, Anakin Skywalker is the guest of the Chancellor Palpatine. The elite of Coruscant have gathered to watch the graceful movements of a female Mon Calamari soloist.
As the graceful dancer moves about stage, Chancellor Palpatine recounts an old story: The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise.
This infamous Dark Lord of the Sith supposedly gained such an insight into The Force that he was actually able to influence the midichlorians to create life. Anakin becomes interested in this story after his haunting dreams of Padme’s death – perhaps this time he could prevent her death, unlike his mother’s.
Anakin asks what happened to Plagueis in the story. Palpatine says that he was murdered by his apprentice as soon as he discovered the same power. Still thinking about Padme, Anakin asks “Would it be possible to learn this secret in some way?”
"Clearly, not from the Jedi," replies Palpatine with a gentle smile.
A bit later, as the Chancellor tightens his grip over the galaxy, Amidala takes the Petition of Two Thousand to the Chancellor.
However, it is quite a showdown. Standing beside Palpatine at the meeting is his loyal representative - Anakin Skywalker. Anakin has been asked specifically to appear at this meeting - a new intmidating figure against the leader of the Delegation of Two Thousand.
The Chancellor rejects the petition offered, infurating Amidala, who storms out of the meeting.
Soon, Order 66 is issued and an Empire is enthusiastically welcomed by the Senate (to the horror of Senator Amidala and Senator Binks).
Later on, in the Chancellor's Office, Palpatine talks to Anakin. Palpatine begins to tell Anakin that he can have anything he wants; all he has to do is wish it and act accordingly.
He also claims he can help Anakin to save Padme.
"Do you remember the story of Darth Plagueis the Wise? Darth Plagueis was real," says Palpatine.
Anakin looks at him shocked.
"Darth Plagueis was my master. He taught me the key to his power," he said, his voice suddenly turning cold and old, "...before I killed him."
Anakin draws his lightsaber, ready to strike a deadly blow against Sidious. But Sidious, who did not even try to resist, starts to talk about how the Sith, unlike the Jedi, do not submit to fate.
"A Jedi gains power through understanding; a Sith gains understanding through power."
Palpatine begins to tell Anakin how much he wants to bring peace and order to the galaxy and how his knowledge will die with him - and so will Padme.
That's enough to stop Skywalker. He cannot kill the Sith; he wants to turn him in to the Jedi. And so he does.
Chapter 5: Betrayal