Beatriz and Henrique fall in love and get married. He is a naval officer and goes to sea for a time, while she is at home looking after their six children. One day, Beatriz dies unexpectedly. Her eldest son is Jacinto, who has always dreamed of turning into a bird. And Jacinto is the father of filmmaker Catarina Vasconcelos, whose mother also passed away when Catarina was 17.