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Children's LiteratureOne of Samantha's favorite mares, Dark Sunshine, is almost ready to give birth to her foal, whose father is none other than the mysterious wild Phantom Stallion. While the rest of the ranch hands from River Bend Ranch head off to the annual cattle drive, Samantha stays behind to care for the temperamental mother and help with the birth of her filly. When the Phantom starts showing up at the ranch, though, Sam isn't sure how to protect the filly while still maintaining the wild stallion's trust. This series installment assumes that readers will already be familiar with the numerous characters—both human and equine—that populate the text. Only real horse enthusiasts, or those who have already been hooked on Samantha's ongoing adventures, are likely to appreciate this rather generic series addition. The on-again off-again relationship between Samantha and Jake, though, will keep die-hard series fans going strong. This is the twelfth book in the "Phantom Stallion" series. 2004, Avon, Ages 8 to 12.