tlnovelas (DStv 133) continues to deliver the biggest stars and the biggest stories as we wrap up 2020. Their latest Mexican telenovela Abyss of Passion’s complicated love story is based on Caridad Bravo Adams's 1959 novels, Una Sombra Entre Los Dos and Al Pie Del Altar. In the tale, a fatal car crash has everyone leaping to conclusions about a sordid affair between the victims, Estefanía Bouvier de Castañón (Ludwika Paleta) and Rosendo Arango (César Évora).
As a result, Estefanía’s daughter Elisa (Angelique Boyer) becomes the town scapegoat, including to her now-widowed father, Augusto (Alejandro Camacho). Her sweet childhood love with Rosendo’s son, Damian (David Zepeda), becomes utterly forbidden. But despite the scandal, her other childhood friend, Gael (Mark Tacher), falls hopelessly in love with her. And Elisa’s childhood best friend, Paloma (Livia Brito), granddaughter of the town “witch”, Ramona (Raquel Olmedo), has hearts in her eyes for Gael.
The real sidepiece is secretly Estefanía’s sister, Carmina Bouvier de Castañón (Sabine Moussier), who’s been planning to run away with Rosendo the night of the accident. With Rosendo dead, and Carmina pregnant, she turns her attention to Augusto, and soon seduces him, too, becoming Elisa’s wicked stepmother. And let nobody think that Rosendo was a saint. One of Elisa’s little friends is his child out of wedlock, while another of Elisa’s friends is secretly the child of the town gangster.
Every episode adds further complications to Elisa, Damian, Gael and Paloma’s lives, especially after Augusto threatens to murder Damian if he and Elisa continue their romance when Damian comes back to town all grown up. To save the man she loves, Elisa agrees to marry Gael, even though it will shatter her beloved friend Paloma’s heart. Yeesh!