The fourth book in the Phantom Stallion series by Terri Farley is titled The Renegade. Sam is surprised to find that a rodeo contractor who is out to make a name for herself is seeking stock locally. Sam’s feelings quickly turn to fear when the contractor – Karla Starr – shows interest in mustangs in particular.
A ride with Jake to allow Ace the chance to stretch his legs soon turns disastrous. Suddenly Sam has an injured friend who is very cranky about not being able to work or ride.
Rachel Slocum isn’t making things easy, either. Sam is surprised to find the beautiful neighbour needs her assistance with riding. Sam doesn’t like the idea one bit but she knows the extra cash will help their struggling ranch.
And where is the Phantom? Having not seen the stallion for some time, Sam is concerned about his whereabouts. Ignoring reason, she takes Ace out early one morning, choosing to not worry about the changeable weather. When she reaches the Phantom’s hidden place for his herd, she finds him not there. Is it a coincidence that the Phantom appears to be missing?
Battling rising flood waters, Sam needs to get home to contact Brynna Olson, who works for the BLM. She knows Brynna can help look for the stallion.
The Renegade finds Samantha Forster travelling local rodeo shows to seek out her beloved mustang. With the help of ranch hand Dallas, Sam is able to hit the road and check out the stock provided for bronc riding and wild horse race events. The Phantom doesn’t seem to be anywhere. Will Sam ever find him? And if she does, will it be too late for the wild horse and his herd?