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Brazil, 1821. Upon returning from a long trading expedition, a merchant discovers that his wife and newborn have died in labor. Confined to a decaying property in the company of his aging mother-in-law and a group of new African slaves, he marries his wife’s young niece, Beatriz. Beginning her new life on the isolated farmhouse in the mountains, Beatriz faces physical and emotional unrest beyond her years, finding solace in the displaced inhabitants around her.