As events unfold Merit and her kennel mates recognize they are lucky to belong to Tom Coal, a kind and ethical dog trainer. In a twist of fate, Isabel and King, two retired greyhounds, help Merit and her kennel mates navigate the often cruel world of dog racing. Merit’s extraordinary speed creates jealousy in the kennel. The greyhounds’ fragility helps develop a love story between trainer Tom and veterinarian Carol.
Merit breaks the rules and falls for a racing competitor and must fight to regain composure or risk separation from her teammates. King’s coaching helps Merit save the other greyhounds when a fire breaks out at the track. Merit encounters her first cat, Swish--her sharp clawed, name calling, nemesis. A sudden event leads Swish and Merit to become allies. Finally, a dramatic crash on the track leaves a friend dead and Merit facing retirement.