In Santo Cristo, Jo?o is arrested and imprisoned after killing the man that murdered his father. Years later, in the 80's, he is discharged and moves to Brasilia to seek out his cousin Pablo to find a job. Jo?o works as a carpenter, but Pablo that is a drug dealer, offers him some money to deliver marijuana in the upper-class neighborhood. Jo?o is surprised by police raid and he flees. When he sees the architecture student Maria Lucia on her apartment, Jo?o climbs the building and she protects him. Soon they fall in love with each other and Jo?o decides to leave the crime to live a honest life. But the drug dealer Jeremias that has a crush on Maria Lucia, and his partner, the corrupt detective Marco Aurelio, begin a war against Jo?o and Pablo with tragic consequences.