Against the backdrop of religious and sexual hypocrisy, one woman dares to speak her mind - even if it may cost her life. Hester Prynne, a strong-willed, passionate woman, has a forbidden love affair with the town's fiery minister, resulting in an illegitimate child. Tried for adultery, Hester refuses to admit any sin or expose her lover and is sentenced to wear a scarlet "A" and forever endure the town's hostility. Though intended to shame her, the adornment becomes her defiant badge of pride. Originally written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850, this American romance embodies both the depths of commitment and the bitter cruelty of contempt.