This story carries so many moving elements and lovable characters it is hard to put down.
Miss Brenna Sinclair travels from her eastern home in Connecticut, to look over a piece of property she inherited from her snobby mother, to the western part of South Dakota. She is a horse trainer.
Cord O'Brien was a mountain man from Wyoming on the trail of a wild Spanish mustang, he is in need of this stallion's bloodlines to continue breeding his small herd of Sp. mustangs to keep their lines pure. He is in hopes of preserving and proving the hardiness of his mustangs by entering the stud in the 100 mile endurance ride. Of course the stallion, "Freedom" is not enamored of the idea.
Cord is part Indian and was raised by Jesse, his lifelong friend and mentor. He is also a blacksmith extraordinaire. And a hunk!
Brenna soon convinces Cord that "Freedom" needs proper conditioning by her methods, even as she takes a young Arab stallion that her father considers a cull and readies him for the endurance ride.
Brenna cannot forgive her father for not being in her life, not understanding the role played by her snooty mother in his exclusion.
Her half-brother, Kyle is readying his fathers chosen Arab stallion for the competition and they develope a friendly appreciation for each other.
There are so many elements that strengthen the story that you know that you have been envolved with the lives of some memorable people. Cord's bad back - Brenna's piano playing that adds to the attraction and Jesse's comments that "is the last that will be said on the subject!"