But at last half term comes, even though Niki is reluctant and unhappy. She doesn’t even want to ride her beloved Bracken. What can be the matter? Will Bracken be able to help her and how will Granny solve the problem? And what does Niki do that gets her name in the newspapers and on television?
In Rescue, Niki has been bullied at school and Granny finds out that she can be home tutored rather than go back to her school. So she stays in the New Forest for the rest of the summer term. While riding alone on the forest one day she witnesses the birth of a foal and then sees a fire which has been started by careless visitors. Her actions to save the foal and contain the fire turn her into a hero, and she realises that the ponies have saved her from ever being a victim again, as well as her saving the foal and forest.