Penelope by M.J. Davis is the story of a girl who was orphaned at a young age. After living alone in the woods for a while, Penelope's brother comes to find her and builds them both a home. Penelope ultimately marries an Indian named Painted Pony who lights up her life with humor and love. After Painted Pony's tragic death in a buffalo hunt, Penelope gives birth to his son, whom she names Little Eagle. She raises him lovingly to respect the circle of life.