She keeps a journal describing the history of the family that will be continued by her husband Esteban and her granddaughter Alba in half a century. Clara has a gift of prevision is able to predict the future. She foresees that Esteban Trueba is her destiny and merry him in several years. Further, Isabel Allande depicts a hostility existing between two families the del Valle-Trueba family and the Garcia family caused by class location and social position. Clara has three children: Blanca, Jaime and Nicolas. When Blanca grows up she meets Pedro Tercero, son of a peasant and a revolutionist in contrast to Esteban who is a conservative. In a time Esteban knows about this love affair and tries to kill Pedro Tercero. Accidentally Esteban hits Clara that resulted in their separation.
Blanca is told that Pedro Tercero was killed and forces to marry Jean de Satigny. Nevertheless, their marriage is not happy and in half a year she leaves him. Blanca's daughter, Alba, is raised by the entire family being a loving and sympathetic girl. She supposes that Jean de Satigny is her father. One day she meets Pedro Tercero and be on friendly terms with him. At the University Alba meets Miguel and falls in love. ...Show more