The Shadows Breathe is a young-adult fiction novel following Kara Springs, a Nebraskan horse trainer with a knack for her job. She’s brought into the horse world by her riding instructor, Sarah, and beloved mentor, George, who nurture her skills and show her that horse training can be achieved without harsh methods. However, a complication forces George to leave, and a new trainer, Ryan, comes to take his place. Ryan seems like a perfect trainer on the outside, but Kara quickly learns he’s mistreating the horses in his care. With the help of her friends Erica and Phoebe, she tries to gather evidence to support her accusations against him. However, a training session involving a Friesian mare named Lea takes a turn for the worst, and Ryan is determined to end the mare’s life. To save her, Kara steals her. Her action sets off a dangerous game of cat and mouse as Ryan tries to find out who is taking his horses. The game escalates into a journey that may cost Kara everything—including her life.