When defence barrister Geoffrey Mason hears the judge's guilty verdict, he quietly hopes that a long custodial sentence will be handed down to his arrogant young client. that Julian Trent receives only eight years seems all too lenient. Little does Mason expect that he'll be seeing Trent again much sooner than he'd ever imagined. Setting aside his barrister's wig, Mason heads to Sandown to don his racing silks. An amateur jockey, his true passion is to be found in the saddle. But when a fellow rider is brutally murdered, the prime suspect is champion jockey Steve Mitchel. Mason soon finds himself fighting a battle of right and wrong and, more immediately, a battle of life and death . . . his own.