Thea Atwell has been ripped out of everything she knows about life, taken from her beloved twin, her horse, and her mother and father who always treated her as someone special. Thea Atwell has been driven, by her highly emotional father, to a remote, and highly selective riding camp for girls in the Blue Ridge. Turns out, everyone knows that everyone at the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls has been sent away by their families for some reason or another. Thea comes to question whether she was really that special in comparison. While Thea sorts out her philosophy of life in the Blue Ridge, she has no idea of the sorting of philosophies going on back home in Florida with her family. As reviewers have stated, it is partly a romance--a story of new love--and partly a tragedy of family love in conflict with societal rules that were being smashed by the Great Depression. The reader follows back and forth between the stories, tempted to give advice to the young romantic and to her struggling family as well.