Misfortune is what falls upon Kate, Finn, and Gabriel Connolly after the death of their parents leaves them poor and without any family on the small island of Thisby. All they have left is their house, their land, and a mare called Dove. Kate, or as everyone on the island calls her, Puck, the woman of the house now, has as much of a temper as the cold sea that surrounds the island. Each October, that forbidding sea spits out strange carnivorous horse-like creatures the Islanders call the capaill uisce. Each year, the men on the island race those mysterious animals in November, the time when the capaill are the most dangerous. If you win the races, you get a nice purse full of money, if you don't, you're either dead or a loser.
Sean Kendrick is famous at these races, having won four times on his bright red capaill Corr. He too is an orphan, having lost his mother to the mainland and his father to the races. He works for a man named Malvern, the owner of a horse yard and most of the island. He is quiet and reserved, and the thing he wants the most is to live in his father's house, with his horse Corr.
The two's future ties together when Kate decides to ride in the races with her horse Dove. The odds are against her, can she make it? The first girl to ride in the races, on a regular old mare?
This is a great story filled with romance, persistance, and the occasional creepy turn. Action filled and mysterious, it's a great read!