João, a poor and elderly hunter and cattleranger marries Maria, a 19-year old village girl, against logic and advice. As he cannot have children with his young bride, he travels to the Amazonian forest to make some money to give her a better life. On his return as a rich man four years later, he finds Maria carrying a little girl. He buys a knife because he doubts about the fidelity of his wife. Will Joao be able to refrain from hurting the one he loves so much?