The plight of the disenfranchised is expounded through this tragic, well-wrought story of the experiences of Graciela (July Pedraza) a young campesina, a peasant woman with no means of her own to assure her survival. When Graciela comes across her father lying murdered by decapitation, she runs away from home and looks for work in the capital of Bogota. Hired as a maid by a middle-class family, affluent by Graciela's standards, she is soon aware that the family is anything but idyllic. The mother-in-law is an overbearing witch, the wife is emotionally unstable, and the husband has no problems with coming to Graciela's bedroom for a casual sexual encounter. His secret is abruptly shattered after his wife walks in on them, and Graciela's fate goes from bad to much worse.
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