Although 23-year-old barn manager Steve Cline doesnt expect to stray far from the horse world, he has enrolled in a private investigation course and is working on the final project.But when his father invites him to Louisville on a two-week, all expense-paid vacation that will culminate with the running of the Kentucky Derby, how can he refuse? Except, it isn't a vacation. His dad has a Derby runner and needs a reliable fill-in when one of his employees is injured.
With only two horses to care for, the workload is light, and Steve decides to get that class project out of the way, a simple records search. But the very act of initiating the project triggers a chance encounter that plunges Steve into the world of the ultra rich... a world where greed, revenge, and ambition drive some men to commit unspeakable acts amid the pagentry and glamour of the thoroughbred racing.