Simon has to grow up quickly when his friend and mentor is killed in an eventing accident. As he struggles to cope with his feelings for his friend, he also struggles with some health issues and personal challenges. This third (and I hope not final) book takes us even deeper into the mind of a top-notch rider. Pagones has hit her stride with this account of a less than likable character. I suppose no one reaches the top of a competitive world by being a nice guy, and yet I find myself rooting for Simon. He needs a good horse and a good man to make his life complete.