Third in the Marla Mesconti Mystery series, this book tells the tale of Gwenonwyn of Aileen, or "Layla", as she's called, a rare-colored buckskin Gypsy horse. Layla loses her rider on an organized trail ride when a camouflaged hunter steps out from behind a tree. Layla is nowhere to be found, but soon, Marla is called in to help when Layla is found in a pond miles away from the ride. The story unfolds in the hills of New Hampshire and takes Marla and her crew to the green mountains of Vermont to find the killer. Rick Wassel, her police-force boyfriend, takes the case for the NH State Police and vows to find the person responsible for the demise of Beth Amesby's beautiful, gentle Layla.