Murder at a small county fair Arabian horse show? Not possible. But Ellen McKenzie is staring at the body of a young groom, pinned to a hay bale by a pitchfork. Who could have wanted him dead? It seems several people, and they are all connected to the show barn where Ellen’s daughter has taken a summer job. Worried that somehow Susannah might be in danger, Ellen starts asking questions. It isn’t until the barn’s trainer is found dead in the bathroom at the prestigious Region 11 Arabian show in Santa Barbara that Ellen realizes she had better find the murderer fast, before he or she strikes again. She’s too late. Ellen and Susannah end up locked in a horse van, hurtling through the night to what looks like almost certain death.