A young man with a great talent, growing up in a slum with an abusive father. A young woman with big dreams growing up in the English countryside with a family broken by a sudden, overwhelming crime. These are just two of the superbly-drawn characters brought together in Richard Pitman's warm, thrilling and moving new novel.
Frankie Houlihan quit the priesthood for love and then lost his wife in a flying accident. Trying to rebuild his life, Frankie accepts a job with the security team which investigates criminal activity in the world of horseracing, and that is how he becomes involved - in more ways than one - in a suspenseful story of kidnap, cloning and family rivalry in London, Lambourn and Dublin.
Steeplechasing is still very much a country sport, and many of the horses are more like family pets than superstars. One such is Angel Gabriel and when he is kidnapped from the Cassidys' yard, the effect on the family is devastating and the consequences far reaching.
And in getting to the root of the scam, Frankie Houlihan finds himself travelling down just the road he didn't want to take . . . back into the tragedy at the heart of his own life.