A first story by an author of promising popularity, this is a full-fashioned girl and horse drama for the early teens. The setting is Vermont and Tam Wads, who hasn't a horse of her own-yet- is the twelve year old heroine- friendly, forthright and appealing. Tam's father has died and she and her mother and older, sister Cynnie have come to live with Uncle Peter in a small town. At Frank Wilby's stables nearby there is a horse for Cynnie. Patient Tam is contended to school one of the old nags, until Merlin, a jumper with a mysterious past, enters the picture. There is the story of an accident Merlin had with his former rider, Miles Corey, and Tam, eager to clear it all up, hunts up Miles and gets him to ride Merlin again. And when Miles goes off to college, Merlin is waiting for Tam.