In mid Pennsylvania there's a dirty little secret called the horse auction. Broken down unwanted equines go to stone faced kill buyers, to become dog food via the Canadian and Mexican rendering plants. Lame school horses, of broken knees and weary eye, no longer worth their keep at the "nice stables", are cheaply sold to hack barns, consigned to circle another level of Dante's Inferno. Amish horses of dubious background and temperament abound. Sometimes shoestring budget rescues step in, eagerly waving a few twenties to spare a life from further misery. And every once in a while, there's a somewhat broke but well meaning rider who just wants to see if magic can happen.