Where Ruth used to live there were lots of different animals – ducks and hens and geese and goats. But in the new house there are only the family's seven cats, even the kittens have gone. It is very quiet and Ruth feels lonely. Then, out of the mist, comes the mysterious blue horse, with its amber eyes and glowing hooves; it seems to understand every word that Ruth says. But where does it come from and what does it want of her?
Charles Ashton is the author of The Dragon Fire Trilogy – Jet Smoke and Dragon Fire (shortlisted for both the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the W. H. Smith Mind Boggling Books Award), Into the Spiral and The Shining Bridge – as well as the novel Billy's Drift, and, for younger readers, The Giant's Boot (shortlisted for the Smarties Book Prize), The Boy Who Was a Bear and The Snow Door.