A Day No Pigs Would Die is about an adolescent Shaker boy, Robert Peck, growing up in the Shaker culture. Early in the novel Rob receives a piglet as a reward for saving the life of a neighbor's cow. Robert names the pig Pinky and she becomes his cherished pet. Pinky is infertile however which means that the only existing alternative for the monetarily struggling Peck family is to butcher the pig. These incidents, combined with the passing away of his father deeply change Rob and force him to grow up and become a man. The book is filled with facts about the way Shaker's live their lives and approach the world around them and being an Anthropologist at heart I found this part of the book fascinating.