Laurel Rowan is happy to be home in Alberta and excited that Coll Hazel is coming from Cornwall for a visit. She’s looking forward to showing around him the ranch. The visit doesn’t turn out as she imagined when the plight of a band of wild horses comes to her attention. Laurel is angry and frustrated that her childhood friend Chance, the boy on the neighboring ranch, and his father are determined to round up the wildies and send them to the meat packers. Laurel, Coll, and Chance’s sister, Carly, embark on a mission to rescue the horses and find a protected place where they can live wild and free.
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Laurel’s busy summer on her parents’ ranch in Alberta, Canada, is about to get exciting and dangerous. She competes in rodeos with her best friend Carly and loves watching a roaming herd of “wildies” led by the great stallion Coal. Best of all, this summer her boyfriend from Cornwall is visiting. The affable Coll makes friends easily and takes to ranching, but only has romantic eyes for Laurel, and feelings are mutual. Neighbor Chance is jealous. And he is planniing to help cull and round up of wild horses. Laurel is their champion, along with a First Nations family. But the law is not on their side and the magnificient Coal and his pack of mares are in danger of being captured and sent to the slaughterhouse. Tensions escalate as both sides take action in an exciting conclusion. Besides wildlife conservation, issues of physical and alchohol abuse. sexual awakening and family love and lyalty are brought to vivid life. A fine novel teens are sure to enjoy.