Two people, one dream...with the past riding hard on their heels.
Tea Cooper's debut novel is a historical saga set in 1860's in Hunter Valley, where Tea is based, with a fascinating backstory to the first Melbourne Cup. Can she save her family's horse stud and reputation?
When India Kilhampton is caught up in the heart-stopping excitement of the first Melbourne Cup her mind is made up. She will breed a horse to win the coveted trophy and reunite her fractured family. Determined to make her dream a reality she advertises for a horse breeder. Jim Mawgan arrives at Helligen Stud in the Hunter Valley to take up the position.
Jim however, has a mission: he must fulfil his father's dying wish to right past wrongs and prove his ownership of the prized stallion Jefferson. Jim and India discover they share a common goal but as the secrets of the past unravel old enmities surface.
Although betrayed, will India save Jim before he is branded a horse thief and sentenced to death?