When fall’s harvest bears bitter fruit, the Elder Council believes they only have one woman to blame. Rooted in ritual, the council declares the need for a “Baptism”, an old ceremony thought to soften the sinner and turn the town back onto the path of righteousness. Evelyn Doyle is not the first to be baptized. There are women in the town who carry with them the burden of their shame, and they do not speak. Baptism explores themes of sexism and misogyny through the lens of horror and magical realism.