Scott County, Iowa, 1847 Nine-year-old Katie Rose was orphaned when a fever swept through her town three years ago. Since then, she has been living on the Stevenses farm, doing backbreaking chores all day, and spending her little free time dreaming of going west to find her uncle. Then one day, Mr. Stevens brings home a Mustang-a beautiful, untamed animal-and Katie's world changes. She finds herself drawn to the horse's wildness and, little by little, begins to earn his trust. Before long, Katie and the Mustang have developed a bond that she will not allow to be broken...no matter what. With a combination of unforgettable characters, intriguing historical settings, and dramatic adventures, Hoofbeats is a series that young readers won't want to miss.Duey, Kathleen is the author of 'Katie and the Mustang Book 4', published 2004 under ISBN 9780142400906 and ISBN 0142400904.