A big, sprawling novel set in Brazil and Hollywood in the first half of the twentieth century. Dores is the orphaned kitchen girl on a sugar plantation. Graca is the daughter of the owner. Encouraged by Graca’s mother, they become friends. Music is their passion; Graca can sing, Dores can write lyrics. As young teenagers, they run away to the streets of Rio to become samba stars. So much is packed into this novel about music, friendship, show business, and love.