The year 2000 is approaching. As millennium parties get underway in Rio de Janeiro, João escapes from jail by murdering his cellmate and slipping away during the confusion. Meanwhile, Maria, a speech therapist, finds a note from her lover, Pedro, indicating that he has moved out. Maria begins wandering the confetti-filled streets in the vain hope of finding Pedro.
Out in the streets together, João and Maria intersect. As the fireworks ushering in the new millennium explode over Copacabana beach, the couple seal their newfound love. Yet is that love doomed to end before it can even begin?