Penage is the story of Madison Green, a violent and possessive man. His distrust of others leads to his having too many x-rays. He pilots a plane that is struck by lightning—twice. The double... More > lightning strike and the overdose of radiation transform Madison Green into a physical and psychological beast. The doomed plane crashes into Lake Penage, and the beast lives secretly in its waters for many years. The remains of the plane are his prized possessions, and when they are disturbed and displaced, unwanted contact with human beings becomes inevitable.
As the beast searches for its possessions, its anger increases. It secretes an ooze that protects what is his but destroys almost anything else it makes contact with. As the beast reacquires his possessions, he comes to see himself as master of the lake; he comes to think of himself as Penage.
A drunk, a school teacher, a widow, a marina owner, and a truck driver are forced to deal with the beast. Facing the beast means facing danger, terror, and death.< Less