Bad girl Emily Goss has a crush on Steve Bianchi that doesn't sit well with his girlfriend, Becky Edwards, or the rest of the Doubletree team.
Known throughout the riding community for cruelty to her horses and bad sportsmanship, the kids snub her efforts at friendship. Jealous and angry at their rebuff, she exacts revenge at the Championship show by causing Becky to lose her big class.
When the team figures out how she spooked Becky's horse, Jessi Evans returns the trick, causing Emily to have a mishap in the show ring. The battle escalates to war and on the night of the Awards gala, the outcast seeks a wicked revenge.
When Billy Martin invites the team to spend Christmas break aboard his mother's yacht and cruise to Hawaii, the kids are ecstatic. Upon boarding the yacht, Melanie Young heads to the restroom, her best friend, Blair Evans, in tow.
Shortly after leaving the dock, pirates swarm from below decks and hijack the Sea Nymph.
ALL IN THE GAME
Big changes are in store for Steve when his parents begin divorce proceedings. With his mother gone, he starts to relax and behave like any normal teen. His seventeenth birthday is fast approaching and he invites the team over to his house to celebrate.
His mother picks that same night to return home and crashes Steve's party with disastrous effects. A series of deadly events occur, taking Steve and Becky to the edge.
What follows sets the tone for the rest of his life as he comes to grips with harsh realities and the true meaning of love and friendship.