Euripides’ play follows the fates of the women of Troy after their city has been sacked, their husbands killed, and as their remaining families are about to be taken away as slaves. A Greek herald arrives to tell the dethroned queen Hecuba what will befall her and her children. The widowed princess Andromache will be given away as a concubine. What’s worse, her baby son has been condemned to die. The Greeks– fearing the inevitable blood feud when the child grows up– have resolved to throw the child from the battlements of Troy.