THE JOY is a fairy tale about youth and courage. THE JOY tells the story of sixteen year old Luiza. She is tired of hearing about the end of the world. On Christmas Eve, her cousin João is shot in a poor neighborhood and disappears in the middle of the night. A few weeks later, while alone in her apartment in a middle class neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Luiza finds a mysterious guest waiting for her in the living room: the ghost of João asking her to be hidden there.