Every year the Mina congregation in Sao Luis, Brazil, choose a child Emperor and Empress. Watching this year in the tropical heat – amid Afro-Catholic drumming and chanting – is Mayor Amilcar from Huamanga in Peru. With the new Brazilian government emphasizing Early Child Development, Amilcar want to know whether Latin America’s richest country can follow the Mina example – or whether violence and poverty are still hindering childrens’ chances of fulfilling their potential. Outside Sao Luis, Amilcar finds the sons and daughters of shrimp fishermen learning ballet. In the hills beyond Fortaleza he learns how the playground can become a classroom. In the drug favelas of Rio he sees the classroom turned into a playground for learning. And Mayor Amilcar journeys to the Modernist capital Brasilia, to discuss his trip with the Minister for Human Rights. Will he find enough exciting ideas to help the kids back home in Peru?