The film is the screenplay of the book of the same name, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and is the story of a young woman in the seventeenth century, accused of witchcraft because she dares to defy all the rules of bigoted, patriarchal society, a world of appearances and etiquette.
Demi Moore plays a young and passionate woman who, learning of the murder of her husband by the Indians, enters into a forbidden relationship with a pastor, with whom she also has a child.
All her actions and reactions are a challenge to the patriarchal community, unimaginable for that time. That is why the woman is quickly labeled as an adulteress, then, in order to silence her, she is accused of witchcraft and receives the death penalty.
The film is relevant to the way women were considered and treated in the patriarchal, patriarchal society at the end of the Middle Ages.