Avenida Brasil became a phenomenon in Brazil when it first aired. The telenovela is a modern take on the classic novel The Count of Monte Cristo. In this version, Carmina is a conniving woman that marries a man only to bankrupt him. After his death, she makes her stepdaughter's life hell and even abandons the little girl in a landfill, leaving her to fend for herself. When Rita, the stepdaughter, grows up, she is out to seek vengeance and ends up working as a cook for Carmina, who now lives with a rich and retired soccer star. Carmina treats everyone as if they are beneath her, and after she finds out who Rita really is, she makes her pay harshly — as you can see in the clip above.