This story introduces the character of Felicity, a young girl in Colonial Virginia. In other words, Virginia was a colony of England and not yet a state since the United States didn't exist for some years yet.
The main thrust of the book involves an extremely nasty old man, Mr. Nye, who has a horse and is mistreating it very badly. Felicity names the horse Penny and loves her and wants to take care of her so she sneaks out in the mornings to feed the horse an apple, working towards the day when she can tame the horse enough that she can ride it.
Nye makes a statement that anyone who can ride the horse can have it, but he doesn't really mean it and especially not for a girl who does succeed in taming the horse and riding it.
Eventually Felicity must make a choice of forgetting about the horse or trying to free it forever.
It's obvious that Felicity has a strong personality of her own and doesn't fit neatly into what is expected of girls of the time. It's an interesting story and a good introduction to the series.
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