When young Esther arrives to fulfill her duties as third wife of the prophet Hammon, she must also find her place among his other wives - the adversarial Mara and the well-meaning Rachel. On a nearby farm, the widow Ella fears that her only son Jubal will be taken away, leaving her alone to weather the advances of one of the most powerful members of the community. Defying tradition, Jubal and Esther set in motion a series of events that corrupt the foundation of the entire village.