The stream's not the only thing running fast on the Henley reach, where gorgeous Emma Wakefield has made a big catch with Molesey boy Charles Hamilton, the fittest oarsman in town and this years' hot favorite for the diamond sculls.
Emma started chasing Charles after she spotted him in the tea tent at National championships last summer but now, ten months later, after tricking him into falling madly in love with her, she's ignoring him completely while she puts in extra training for women's Henley.
To complicate matters, shy, quiet novice, Alice Gordon, is also after Charles and she's more than happy to offer a shoulder to cry on when training gets tough.
But Emma's not the sort who likes to lose on or off the water and it's pretty obvious that she still has the upper hand. If Charles even looks at Alice, Hurricane Emma blows him right out of his boat and back into her arms.
Can Charles escape Emma's undertow, or is he in over his head?
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