The drama follows the story of Rita (Débora Falabella), a sweet young woman who struggles to recover part of the life her ruthless gold digging stepmother, Carminha (Adriana Esteves), took from her when she was only a child.
When Rita's father dies accidentally and prematurely at the hand of Tufão (pronounced Tufon) but directly related to Carminha's scheme, Carminha and her lover, Max (Marcello Novaes), send the young girl off to live in a landfill, so that she doesn't stand in the way of their plan to get rich. Carminha uses this fact to trap Tufão into a guilt ridden marriage unknowingly. Rita at the landfill is subjected to child labor under the control of a deplorable man, named Nilo (José de Abreu). But, she is lucky enough to meet Batata (Cauã Reymond Marques), a boy who becomes her best friend and true love. He takes her to live with other children, under the care of motherly Lucinda (Vera Holtz), in another house at the landfill. Fortunately, Rita is soon adopted and moves out of the country to Argentina with a nice family who changes her name to Nina. However, she has issues with her adoptive mother who passes away and eventually with her adoptive sisters because of her mission of revenge. Her adoptive father loved her very much and treated her well. He educated her and provided for his family nicely. She becomes a famous chef. When her adoptive father dies it intensifies her loss of her natural father and revenge for Carminha and Max. Her friend Batata is adopted by Carminha and Tufão (Murilo Benício) and they rename him Jorginho. Jorginho has many emotional issues because his birth mother adopts him years after she abandons him at the landfilled as a toddler. Jorginho despises Caminha but he doesn't know why and he does not remember her clearly from his early childhood before the abandonment.
Years later, unrecognizable and motivated by vengeance, Nina moves back to Brazil under her adoptive name. She infiltrates the family by becoming the personal chef for Carminha's family. Eventually, she must face the bitter consequences of seeking revenge against those who hurt her the most. As mentioned above, Carminha has managed to lure and marry Tufão who is a friendly, rich soccer player and is unaware of her many lies and manipulations. They live with his loud and garish relatives in an unrefined suburban mansion and, underhandedly, she makes Max her brother-in-law by marrying him to Tufão's sister.
Together, Carminha and Max continue to carry out their sadistic plans to get ahead while continuing their love/hate affair in the same house as their unsuspecting spouses. Nina becomes so engrossed in her single-minded goal to inflict suffering and punishment on those who wronged her that her own happiness is jeopardized. Carminha and Nina have one thing in common: their earnest love for Jorginho, who is Carminha's biological son (and adoptive son) and Nina's childhood sweetheart, Batata.
Nina must ultimately confront her past and decide how far she is willing to go to exact revenge on her wretched stepmother and Max, realizing her choices could cost her the love of her life as well as her humanity. - WIKIPEDIA
Original title: Brazil Avenue or Avenida Brasil
Created by João and Emanuel Carneiro
Directed by Ricardo Waddington and Amora Mautner
Country of origin: Brazil
Original language: Portugese
Number of Episodes: 179
Original release: March 26 - October 19, 2012