Despair, suicide, and obsessive hatred, mixed well with humour, love, and horses, brew up into the story of a battle between one man's nerve and another man's cunning.
Rob Finn was a bit of a misfit: a struggling young jockey in a family of accomplished musicians, a man in love with a beautiful woman who wouldn't have him because they were first cousins, a rider who – just as it looked like he'd break into racing's big time – lost his nerve.
Or did he?
The horses had never felt so slow and sluggish beneath him, and he knew there had to be a reason. When he found it he could barely believe it. And when it found him, he could barely breathe.