Juana Inés's wit catches the attention of the viceroy's wife. She must take a rigorous exam to prove she's worthy of being their daughter's tutor.
Father Nú?ez convinces Juana Inés to become a nun, but she quickly realizes that convent life is far from ideal and eventually falls gravely ill.
The viceroy and his family are ordered to return to Spain, and Vicereine Leonor is utterly devastated to leave Juana Inés.
A nun's intimate secret is revealed and the new archbishop reacts harshly. Meanwhile, Juana Inés is surprised by her feelings for the new vicereine.
Father Nú?ez asks Juana Inés for a favor and she requests one in return after amorous letters are found in her room.
The vicereine takes Sor Juana's writing to be published in Spain. Father Nú?ez's actions put Juana Inés in the spotlight and she must defend herself.
The archbishop forces Juana Inés to make a devastating decision about her future as a writer. A plague sweeps the convent.