Meet Lani Mills, she's twenty three, wise mouthed but psychologically wounded and very hungry after spending the last five years trying to make lightweight.
When she finally gets binned from her Twickenham crew for weighing 60 kilos two weeks before Nat Champs, she's delighted when her old friend James asks her to sub in as coxswain for a London RC crew instead.
The stroke man is Colin West, tall handsome, winner of several Henley medals, and unbelievably arrogant. Before long the pressure's firm and the insults are flying.
Now Lani has her eating disorder honed to perfection and has finally weaned herself off laxatives, life seems bearable for the first time in months.
But old habits die hard and disaster strikes when Colin catches her on a sweat run, wearing four fleeces and a bin bag which she's had to borrow from the wheelie-bin at the back of race control.
Without Colin's help, can Lani keep up her regime of rice cakes and ice water or is she doomed to a life Fudge Brownies and vomiting in the portaloos?
CRTICAL ACLAIM FOR "BACK IN THE STROKE SEAT"
"An outstanding insight into the twisted minds of lightweight rowers"
"Surely this is the Empacher of rowing fiction"
"Yet another rip-roaring read from Rowing Romance"