"...you can’t help feeling that it is all ‘jolly good fun’ despite the use of shotguns.."
Captain Thomas Forsyth is badly injured during a tour of Afghanistan, half of his leg blown off by an explosion. After six months of recuperation his only shelter is at Lambourn: his mother's house. Josephine Kauri is the 'first lady' of racing and she has never seen eye to eye with her only child. She seems to have more affection with her thoroughbreds. Feeling decidedly unwelcome by his mother and stepfather, Thomas begins to unravel a few 'home truths'. Why are his mothers horses loosing easy races when they are 'dead certs' to win? Why is his mother skittish when it comes to money?
As Thomas finally gets the truth from her, he uncovers a deadly trail of blackmail and extortion that runs into the millions. As he begins to find out who has their claws in his mother, Thomas realises that he will need to gather all his Army training to survive some very nasty people who will stop at nothing to keep their scam secret.