Only after arrival at Wenton, Vermont does Jessica learn she was asked by an orphaned literary protégé, Dorian Beecher, who succeeded as boys boarding school poetry teacher due to the car accident-drowned of Gretchen, daughter of Dorn Van Stotter, to play Dorian's 'mother' to impress his employer, Wenton Academy's pedigree-obsessed owner, Edwin Dupont, whose daughter, Sarah, he loves, rivaled only by the studly riding instructor, Nate Findley, an obnoxious womanizer. Walking home after an embarrassing fight in a pub with Nate, Dorian is run down by the disguised headless horseman he always assumes to be Nate, on his black stallion, Gunshot. Sheriff Rankin jails Dorian after Nate's decapitated corpse is found nearby, clumsily redressed as the horseman. Jessica sifts two plots for secrets and motives, involving an anonymous school funds embezzlement note, the secret society of mischievous schoolboys Todd Carrier, Robert and Brendan and a past crime.
Did You Know?
The title refers to the Headless Horseman, the ghost that rides through Washington Irving's story 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and chases the schoolmaster Ichabod Crane. See more
Her eyes glistened with the promise of a thousand yesterdays she had never known, and then she came to me and unleashed the promised passions of a thousand tomorrows yet to come.
Oh, Dorian. You wrote that for me?
For you alone, Sarah.