In the polygamous community of Centennial Park, on the Utah-Arizona border, everything is about growth – children, families, even the town itself. But, with growth, comes plenty of growing pains. The town itself was born only about twenty years ago and can barely keep up with its expanding numbers. As families grow with more wives and kids, they must learn to be more responsible. And as children come of age, they must choose between growing up in – or growing away from – the church.
Michael Cawley’s daughter, Fiona, is coming to the first crossroads in choosing the polygamous lifestyle: baptism. In Centennial Park, a child must be old enough to understand the tenets of their faith, which includes memorizing all 13 Articles of Mormon faith. Michael’s second wife, Connie, has been working with Fiona to prepare her for the baptism – a ritual that has never before been filmed. But, during a Cawley family outing to Colorado City – an extreme polygamous sect run by the controversial leader Warren Jeffs – SUV’s with tinted windows circle and harass the family, threatening to ruin their good time.
Then, Uncle Arthur, one of the community elders, has had several children choose to leave Centennial Park. His son Ezra may be the next to go. Ezra’s latest act of defiance, a truck bought against Arthur’s wishes, has broken down in Salt Lake City. Arthur and his youngest wife, Gloria, accompany Ezra on a tense road trip to recover the truck, and spend some quality time together.
Tune in to Polygamy USA: The Baptism tonight at 9P