Set in America; Becky is off to the States to go to Ned’s glamorous wedding, and while she’s there, decides to train a horse for the Hunt Club. The racing world in America is just as prone to deceit and sabotage as the English one she’s just left, and Becky’s detective skills are put to work again.
A blackmail plot is affecting all the surrounding yards, with a lethal equine virus being circulated. Even Red Rag is threatened, as well as the new rising star of the yard. Becky needs to stop it, soon.
Becky is determined to be a top trainer. The new chestnut steeplechaser, Red Rag, Becky thinks can be a champion, and his career gets off to a flying start. Beside liking the horse, Becky is quite keen on his jockey, Jamie Howland, too. Someone is out to nobble Red Rag: Becky works out how they’re doing it but who and why aren’t so clear.