Turning an incisive eye on the plural and contrast-ridden urban context of Brazil’s cities, the film counterpoises two identities shared by the same person: the transvestite Simone, who worships her Orishas at a public fountain in Salvador, and Sergio, the evangelical preacher Simone becomes after a near-death experience. This divided character becomes itself the embodiment of a dispute between two religious systems as they wrangle for believers in Bahia. By standing outside these opposing arguments, the film is able to work with the contrasting notions of desire and expiation.