Ever since she was a little girl, Clarissa has always wanted to get out of the slums that she lives in. She has always been close to her rich god-mother Monina Gardamonte and to Monina's daughter, Therese. Too close in fact that she confides to her god-mother more than to her own mother, Naty and her elder sister, Nancy. Because of her closeness to her god-mother, Clarissa tasted the high life and has always wanted to be a part of it. When she grew up, she became more determined to be a part of high society, so she continues sucking up to Monina. Therese had a boyfriend named Daryll, whom Monina disapproves. Even though her mother dislikes Daryll, Therese still continues seeing him. Clarissa secretly wants Daryll so she tells Monina of the secret rendezvous of the two. Because of the incident, this triggered Therese's heart ailment. Therese knew inside how Clarissa is envious of her. Monina and her husband, Ralph, decided to go to the States to find a doctor but Clarissa insisted that she joins them because she will lose her access to high society. In a secret encounter between Clarissa and Therese, the later had a heart attack and fell into the pool. But instead of helping, Clarissa just watched her die. Since the couple is still grieving and nobody knew what she did, she sucked up and started "replacing" Therese as their daughter. Clarissa started to alienate her own family and stayed more and more in the mansion. The couple decided to legally adopt Clarissa as their own daughter. They convinced Naty stating this is for Clarissa's own good. Naty accepted the offer and Clarissa became an heiress of the Gardamonte fortune. Clarissa completely abandoned her own family and embraced the shallow people of high society whom she thought were her true friends. When the couple discovered that Clarissa is responsible for the death of Therese, they planed to disinherit her and throw her back in the slums but Clarissa hired someone to take their car brakes during a vacation and make it look like an accident. She instantly became the sole holder of the Gardamonte group of companies. She immediately took Daryll and made him his pass in high society. Introducing her to powerful people that will benefit her. Daryll started to fall for her but Clarissa sees him nothing more of a ticket to powerful people. Daryll started to lose his wealth because of their family's fortune going bankrupt. Clarissa started to lose interest in him and started dating a very wealthy banker named Jerome. She knows Jerome can cement her status in high society so she started flirting with him and soon enough became engaged with him. Daryll said he will kill himself but Clarissa instead of helping him, dared him to actually do it. Soon enough her mother died and her the profits of her company start to dwindle incurring debts from banks. On the day of the wedding, Jerome does not come and left Clarissa in the altar. Because of this incident, her "friends" abandoned her and she became a mockery in the society pages. Her businesses crumble one by one until all the Gardamonte fortune she inherited is now lost. She suddenly remembers her sister but instead of accepting her shoved her away with all the grudge she has been harboring silently for all those years. Clarissa lost everything. Her wealth, her dreams and most of all the people that actually loves her. She is all alone with no hope for tomorrow. The only consolation she can get is death.