Theocratic Republic of Gilead is struggling with a fertility problem. The fertile Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a handmaiden who lives with a high-ranking commander and his wife. A woman has to give her body to the master of the house once a month in the hope that she will be able to get pregnant. Offred must obey and follow the strict rules in force. If she began to rebel against her fate, she would be sent to a penal colony, where only death could await her. It is hard for a woman to come to terms with her fate. She dreams of returning to her old life, where she had a husband, a daughter and the right to decide her own fate.