Young Betsy Dowdy lives on North Carolina’s isolated Outer Banks. She would rather be riding her wild colt, Black Bess, than knitting caps and learning how to be a “proper” lady. Only when she and Bess are galloping down the beach does Betsy feel truly free. Far away in Boston, war is brewing between King George and the colonists. Betsy isn’t worried ~ until word comes that Virginia’s governor Lord Dunmore and his British soldiers are moving toward Currituck Banks, burning houses and killing livestock. Suddenly Betsy’s beloved horses are in danger. In a daring all-night ride, Betsy and Bess race to warn General Skinner of the coming attack. Can she reach him in time? What will happen to her family and the wild horses if she doesn’t? Recommended reading age 10-12. All proceeds benefit the Corolla Wild Horses.