An equestrian upstairs-downstairs sequel to Mr Warren’s Profession.
Sir Lindsey Althorp, spectacularly wealthy baronet, has sat in the saddle since the day he was breeched.
Aubrey Warren, threadbare telegraph boy turned engineer, has never ridden a horse in his life and had no intention of starting—until now.
When a portrait-painting holiday in the country provides an opportunity for riding, Lindsey is eager to teach Aubrey the ropes. Aubrey works to overcome his well-founded caution regarding large beasts of burden. Harder to dispel are his insecurities about his scarred body in the wake of the Rook Mill boiler explosion—particularly as these scars are put on display to model for the painting Icarus Fallen.
As the painting progresses, so do the riding lessons, until a potentially deadly accident may put a stop to both for good.