A farm in the East and a little girl prematurely scared by a rearing horse provide excellent material for a story of riding adventure and conquering of human failings. After a bout with scarlet fever, nine-year-old Pamela anticipates a summer on the estate of her distinguished grandfather- a visit with but one drawback- the proximity of stables. But Gran, wise as well as ""craggy-faced"", discovers the source of Pamela's trauma, and when the girl makes friends with a temporarily motherless filly, promises her the ownership of the foal- Frosty Morning- if she can be ready to ride it in three years time. Meanwhile there is a pleasantly thrilling succession of paddock, ring and cross country adventures- with a lot of horses, the kids next door, problems of equestrian know-how. Culmination is in the form of grand prize at a Hunt show for Pam and Frosty Morning when Pam is fourteen-and an invitation to a dance from a bully turned bright. Alice O'Connell's narrative flows along easily and she has written a comforting tale of long range planning and success.