A religion-based autocracy has taken over most of the United States, renaming the country Gilead. In this country women are second-class citizens. Anyone trying to escape is punished. One such person is June, who is captured while trying to escape with her husband and child and is sentenced to be a handmaid, bearing children for childless government officials. As a handmaid, June is renamed Offred. This is her story. Written by
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Most of the source novel was set in and around Cambridge, MA. In October 2016, some of this series' exterior scenes were shot in another Cambridge--the City of Cambridge in Ontario, Canada. The source novel's author, Margaret Atwood
, was born in Ontario. See more