Leonardo is a blind teenager dealing with an overprotective mother while trying to live a more independent life. To the disappointment of his best friend, Giovana, he plans to go on an exchange program abroad. When Gabriel, a new student in town, arrives at their classroom, new feelings blossom in Leonardo making him question his plans.
Looks and essence is a telenovela that explores the issue of modern-day values. Set in the magnificent city of Rio de Janeiro, this modern and entertaining telenovela centers on Griselda, a tough, hard-working handywoman with a very well defined set of values. She managed to raise her small children on her own when her husband disappeared. Now she lives with her three grown kids and one grandson in a fancy neighborhood where she does odd jobs and is well-known and liked by everyone.
Jun Jonochi works at a paper manufacturing company. She is earnest, but clueless about her own appearance. She doesn't have any interest in making herself look good. One day, she realizes that people don't view her as other women. She begins to read up on things like make-up and fashion trends with her two female colleagues.
Story depicts the conflicts and growth of families who live at co-operative houses. Nana Igarashi is 35-years-old and works as a diving instructor. She is married to Daiki who is 32-years-old and works at a toy company. They live in a small apartment, while saving up to buy a house. They enjoy their life. Nana and Daiki decide to buy a co-operative house. They also try to have a baby. Nana and Daiki realize it isn't easy to have baby.
A mysterious asteroid crash-lands on Earth in 2013 and causes all sorts of weird things to start happening, specifically to the Noh family and their neighbors.