"... runs at a galloping pace right from the starting post."
Geoffrey Mason is a barrister who has just lost the case brought against his client, Julian Trent. Even more upsetting is the fact that the jury took so long to come back with a 'guilty' verdict that he missed his chance of riding his horse in the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham. But winning and losing is part of a barrister's lot. Back in the saddle, Mason notes different rivalries between the jockeys, especially the rivalry of Steve Mitchell and Scot Barlow that teeters on pure anger. After a day at the races, Mason finds Barlow in the showers, beaten and bruised. The man blames Steve Mitchell but his attitude towards Mason as an amateur jockey does not endear him to the wounded man.
Soon, Scot is found dead with a pitchfork sticking out of his chest. Betting slips belonging to Mitchell are attached to the prongs. All the evidence seems to point to Mitchell killing the man after their hatred of each other bubbled up and burst out of control. The condemned man calls for Mason to be his defence but Mason is getting whispered calls to take the case and lose it. Also, there are the threatening letters containing photographs of his father and the inside of his house. These people are everywhere in his life and it seems they will do anything to get the 'guilty' verdict they are so desperate to acquire.