Clara, una burguesa de Recife que tiene unos sesenta años, era crítica musical. Vive en un edificio particular, el Aquarius, construido en la decada de 1940 sobre la chic Avenida Boa Viagem que bordea el océano. Un importante promotor ha comprado todos los apartamentos, pero ella se niega a vender el suyo y emprende una guerra fría contra la empresa que la acosa. La estresante situación la perturba y la lleva a pensar en su vida, en su pasado, en sus seres queridos.
Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story building, built in the 1940s, in the upper-class, seaside Boa Viagem Avenue, Recife. All the neighboring apartments have already been acquired by a company which has other plans for that plot. Clara has pledged to only leave her place upon her death, and will engage in a cold war of sorts with the company. This tension both disturbs Clara and gives her that edge on her daily routine. It also gets her thinking about her loved ones, her past and her future.