The novel Adventure at Shepherd’s Hut (小木屋), by New Zealand author Jan Thorburn, tells the story of two girls called Melinda and Suzy. Melinda loves horses and accepts her friend Suzy’s invitation to go on a journey by horse all by themselves. In the following excerpt, their dream of a peaceful trip comes to an end when they meet some unpleasant people. Who are they? Let’s find out.