It featured Vanessa Giácomo, Daniel de Oliveira, Tony Ramos, Patrícia Pillar, Mauro Mendonça, Carolina Kasting, Regiane Alves, Danton Mello, Eriberto Leão, Maria Flor and Malvino Salvador in leading roles.
This 2004 soap opera was entirely based on a 1979 soap opera of the same name and originally shown on Rede Globo.
Louis Jerome is a rich young man. A womanizer, he spends all night drinking and having fun with prostitutes, but then he discovers that he is suffering from pneumonia.
On the advice of Edmund Esteves, his doctor, he decides to spend a season on the farm of a cousin in the town of Vila da Mata Espirito Santo, in search of fresh air, to prevent the disease from developing into tuberculosis, a very common occurrence among bohemians in that period of history - the late 1910s, approximately in 1918.
When Louis Jerome comes to town, he stays in the hotel of the couple Bina Sinha, an Indian, and Joe Station, the grandson of a Portuguese, to wait for his cousin, Colonel Boanerges, who will take him to his farm.
In just one night at the hotel, he marvels at the daughter of Joe and Bina, the half-breed shy and aloof Zuca. To fall in love, they face much resistance because of social differences and the fact that Zuca is portrayed as stubborn.
Their love is also challenged by the arrival of the Spanish Pepa, who us in love with Luis, and who is a former lover of the rich young man. She is established on the neighboring farm, owned by Colonel Justin, a widower, and Colonel Boanerges' political enemy.
Beside the main plot, a political row unfolds between the two colonels in the region: Boanerges and Justin, rivals in politics and in a local power struggle.
Alongside this struggle, there is the true love story of Cats and Neco. She is the daughter of Boanerges and Emerenciana, he, of Justin, which makes this a kind of Romeo and Juliet hillbilly match.
Neco becomes a new leader in the town. Well-intentioned, he may work for the people of the region, even facing the might of the colonels.
Amid all this, the feelings of Mariquinha, daughter of Colonel Justin and sister of Neco by Tobias, surface, causing a love quartet to result, together with the love of Louis Jerome and Zuca.
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