Inspired by real events, The Mercies follows Maren, a young woman living in an isolated Norwegian fishing village of Vardø. After all the men in their community are killed in a terrible storm the women are faced with no alternative but to band together to survive. Meanwhile, Ursa has led a very different life growing up in the city. She learns she is to be married to Absalom, a young commissioner who has been tasked with bringing Maren’s village back to a righteous path. When they arrive Ursa is amazed at the resilience and independence of the women in the community, while Absalom only sees a godless place plagued by witchcraft. As Ursa and Maren’s relationship develops, Absalom begins a witch hunt, intent on robbing women of their independence through any means necessary.