Tomas is a poor idealist forced to teach in secret, and reluctant to abandon his mother. His girlfriend Thereza is a determined young woman, desperate to escape the struggles and tragedies of a dangerous Brazilian favela, by entering a carnival competition offering hope of a better future in the South.
But evil traffickers lie behind the sinister practices of carnival. And death has been the prize of former winners who have disappeared.
The route out to a new life is not as easy as it appears, and as the competition spirals into a corrupt and perilous deception, it plunges the young loves into a fight for their lives.
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