Nos Tempos do Imperador
In 1856, the emperor Dom Pedro II lived a marriage of appearances with Teresa Cristina, with whom he was forced to marry at a young age by his parents’ political alliance, having two daughters with her: Isabel and Leopoldina. He truly loves Countess Luisa, a cultured and time-ahead woman who fights for the abolitionist cause and women’s rights, married to Eugenio, the emperor’s cousin. At the same time there are sisters Pilar and Dolores: the first went to a convent after her mother’s death in childhood, growing up among books and dreaming of studying medicine – inspired by the story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first doctor in the world -, while the second stayed at home to take care of her father, Colonel Eudoro, growing up repressed, illiterate and without vanity. Upon returning home to find that Tonico, a bad-tempered politician and twice his age, was promised to marry, Pilar flees and, on his way, falls in love with the fugitive slave Jorge, who does not even imagine himself to be the Colonel’s illegitimate son. Ambrose and Tonico’s half brother. With the escape, Dolores is given in marriage to Tonico in the place of Pilar, suffering several mistreatments for being considered “ugly” by him, who does not give up obsessively pursuing the promised old woman and punishing Samuel, in addition to plotting a coup d’état against Dom Pedro II in a dirty political game. The couple still hinder Zayla, who also likes Samuel and is willing to do anything to harm her rival, being the daughter of Cândida and Olu, owners of the Little Africa community, which welcomes black men freed to give her the opportunity for growth. coffee farmers Lota and Batista dream of moving up in life and, for that, they use their children: the ambitious Nélio, who is Tonico’s henchman and who takes advantage of it, and the sweet Bernardo, whose parents want to force to seduce Isabel or Leopoldina to enter the royalty, although he loves Lupita, without imagining that she is her father’s lover. There are still Germana and Licurgo, a comical couple of grumpy traders.