More like A Midsummer Night’s Nightmare! That’s Stephanie Deschaines’ situation in Book 4, Ride A Pale Horse. The summer following their graduation from the elite Horizon Academy, Stephanie and best friend, Alison Gardner, are in Texas where Steph’s dad, Luc Deschaines, is co-owner of the Round Top Ranch.
The two girls spend mornings working with the RTR’s renowned crop of Quarter Horse foals and afternoons riding, swimming in the river, lazing by the pool or hovering over Magdalena Sauseda’s shoulder in the spacious ranch kitchen, learning Mexican cookery.
Most of the ranch hands are relatives from the little village of La Carroza in Nuevo Leon, sponsored by ranch manager, Teodor Sauseda, and Spanish is what’s heard around the ranch all day every day. Ostensibly, Stephanie and Alison are there to immerse themselves in the language before heading off to an ivy league college together in the fall.
For most of the summer, Stephanie is as happy as a teenage girl can be, enjoying herself immensely until, one day, it all comes crashing down. How her father is going to consider what she has to say as her dream and not his nightmare is giving her some sleepless nights, that’s for sure.