- Kristine Hermosa as Angela "Ella" Alferos-Ramirez
- Jericho Rosales as Miguel Ramirez
- Lorna Tolentino as Tessa Ramirez
- Gabby Concepcion as Jaime Alferos
- John Estrada as Daniel Ramirez
- Chin-Chin Gutierrez as Patricia Aragon-Alferos
- Karylle as Denise Mae Alferos
- Sid Lucero as Alfred "Red" Ramirez/Pip
How important is it to pay back a debt of gratitude to the family who took you in and made everything possible for you to succeed?
Ella and Miguel were adopted by well-to-do families as kids. Ella Alferos is now a lawyer in a private law firm while Miguel Ramirez defends his penniless clients in the public defenders office.
But despite their privileged upbringing, both Ella and Miguel feel something amiss. For in the troubled childhood, they became each other's source of strength.
They find each other but the joyful reunion uncovers painful family connections that set their respective parents against one other. Add the fact that Miguel's brother, Red, fancies Ella. And Ella's sister, Denise, has long been in love with Miguel.
It is their love that triggers a slew of family conflicts culminating in a secret so explosive, it threatens to destroy everything in its path. Would you fight for love knowing it would mean the destruction of the family you are indebted to?
Tessa Ramirez (Lorna Tolentino) is a great and well-respected lawyer who has won every case she took, particularly child abuse cases. However, the agony in searching for her lost daughter is her greatest fight. Before attaining success in life, she was once a faithful and loving partner of Jaime Alferos (Gabby Concepcion) during college in 1980. Jaime had promised Tessa that they will get married once he comes back from a six-month stay in the States for academics. One day, Jaime's mother (Alicia Alonso) told Tessa that Jaime is committed to an affair with another lady. Tessa called Jaime, but the phone call was received by Patricia Aragon (Chin-Chin Gutierrez), who confirmed the relationship. Tessa was pregnant at that time. Daniel Ramirez (John Estrada) is a friend who secretly loves her. He will do anything that will please Tessa and, in fact, he stands as husband and father of the child.
In an unexpected situation, Tessa's daughter Melissa was kidnapped by a syndicate whose motives is to raise babies to be laborers. Daniel was taking baby Melissa to see her pediatrician, when he was suddenly held at gunpoint by a man demanding he hand over the baby or be killed. Tessa greatly blamed Daniel when she discovered he lost her daughter.
In an effort to make things up to Tessa, Daniel promises to put her through law school, which is her most cherished dream. To support her, he turns to a life of crime. One day while robbing a bank, his heist partner is killed after shooting a bank customer during a scuffle. The customer turns out to be a brother of a government official and, because his killer is already dead, Daniel is detained for his murder.
Ella (Mika dela Cruz is a girl who has simple dream, to be loved by her mother (later to be Kristine Hermosa). She tried to make her dream come true by dropping a bended one peso coin to the river; it was caught by a sailing vessel instead. She saw a boy, Miguel (Paul Salas, later to be Jericho Rosales) who secretly boarded that ship. She asks him to drop the coin to the water but young Miguel didn't hear it clearly. Both of them were caught, Miguel by a fisherman forcibly asking him to get down immediately and Ella by her mother while punishing her because of stealing the peso.
Here comes young Pip (Nash Aguas later to be Sid Lucero) who stole a lady's handbag due to starvation. Pip has been influenced by his biological father before. Young Miguel advised his half brother (not by blood) not to do it anymore.
As all struggle for their dreams fate leads Miguel to Tessa after overhearing Ella's dream about being with her idol who is Tessa the dedicated lawyer Miguel heard in Ella's stories. Tessa decides to provide help to Miguel on getting Pip out of jail. Not only does she do this but finds it in her heart that she is close to young Miguel as if he were her child. In prison meanwhile Pip's life is hardened. Daniel decides to take in Pip so he doesn't be hardened by the inmates.
Pip seems to be open to Daniel and raises him like a father. As Pip leaves early, Tessa decides to take in the two boys to be her own. On the other hand, Jaime takes in little Ella. Patricia and her daughter little Denise (later on played by Karylle) dislike Angela even concentrate on hurting Ella. Ella and Denise later on become friends. Sister Jaime adopts Ella, but Patricia has a constant dislike against her. As Ella grows into a beautiful young woman, she becomes a successful lawyer — making it her ultimate goal to work with her idol, and become close in general. She becomes ready for her next encounter with her long-lost love Miguel as the two become lawyers who unexpectedly are in the Top Leagues: Miguel is No. 1 on the exam and Ella is No. 2. Ella becomes unaware when she meets Tessa as she decides to apply for the law firm. Tessa gives her a big case after Ella initially tries to get hold of Tessa. When Tessa finds out about her last name the bell rings on her behalf and feels mortified yet shocked that her father is Jaime Alferos. Ella is dedicated a big case.
As Daniel, gets out of prison he goes back to his evil deeds and so does Patricia as both are scared to lose Jaime and Tessa. The predicament also goes for Denise and Pip his now Alfred "Red" who both are ready to pursue against all odds in exchange for their love.
All are struggling as the latter comes to the point that the two families are in a feud. A family torn between love, deception, and all odds.
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