"Central do Brasil" is the original title of this movie. It tells the story of a woman, Dora, who has a little stand in the central station of Rio de Janeiro. She writes letters for people who are illiterate. One of the clients is a mother and her son, they use the services of Dora to write a letter to he woman's missing husband. Soon after the mother is killed in an accident with a bus and ... the kid only knows one person in Rio de Janeiro: Dora. You would think you are in for a heartwarming movie but the truth is that it is a hard edged story about Dora, who is very selfish and will even sell the kid to an adoption agency so she can buy herself a new TV set.