'I've bought him for you. He's yours, Jenny, your own little horse.'
Against all odds - her cold, family life and uncertain future - Jenny is determined to make a champion out of Darkling, the wild and tempestuous thoroughbred colt given to her by her ne'er-do-well grandfather.
And it is through Darkling that Jenny draws closer to Goddard Strawson, an ambitious young jockey whom she had worshipped from afar. As Darkling's racing abilities develop, so does Jenny and Goddard's love - until startling family secrets surface and threaten to destroy evewrything . . .