Life on a Shaker farm in the early 1900's was a hardscrabble one, devoid of any frills and frequently lacking even the basic necessities. Robert Newton Peck lived such a life near a small Vermont town where his father barely managed to eke out a tenuous living from the land and by slaughtering hogs. When he was twelve years old, Robert saved a neighbors cow from choking and helped it deliver a set of twin bull calves. For this he was rewarded with a gift of a small piglet which he nurtured to adulthood and grew to love very much. Robert planned to keep the pig, the one and only possession that he could truly call his own, for a very long time and make a brood sow out of her. Unfortunately, the demands of an austere life which was the Shaker's lot, put an end to those plans and in the process young Robert learned some terrible lessons about the realities of life. An emotional rollercoaster of a book that the reader will not soon forget.
This report prepared by Bill Brumlow