A woman flees from a group of men with guns, but she is captured and separated from her young daughter and her husband is killed. This woman is known as Offred, a handmaid to Commander Fred Waterford. Offred goes out grocery shopping with her companion Ofglen. On the way home, they pass by a wall of men who have been hanged due to committing crimes (such as being gay, working in an abortion clinic, and being Catholic). In a flashback, various women are indoctrinated into their handmaid roles by Aunt Lydia, who tells them about declining birth rates and that they are "special", serving a Biblical purpose. "Offred" enters the room and notices Moira, a woman she knew from college. One of the women in the class, Janine, talks back to Lydia and is shocked with a cattle prod. Later, Janine is revealed to have been punished by having one of her eyes removed. In the present, Commander Waterford tries to impregnate Offred as she lies in the lap of his wife, Serena Joy. The next day, all the handmaids gather in an open field where Lydia announces a man has raped a pregnant handmaid. For punishment, the handmaids are allowed to brutally beat the man to death. Offred learns from Janine that Moira is dead. On the way home, Ofglen tells Offred that she had a wife and son, and warns her there may be an Eye (secret spies) in her house. Through voiceover, Offred reveals her true name, June, and that she intends to survive to find her daughter.