Tita is in deep sorrow at the death of Nacha. Although Nacha was an elderly lady and her passing away wasn't much of a shock, her death is no less devastating for Tita. It has left her feeling depressed and alone. It's almost as if she's lost her own mother. Tita and Nacha enjoyed a very close, special relationship, and it was Nacha, the family cook, who effectively raised Tita and passed on to her the numerous recipes she'd acquired over the years. With Nacha's passing, Tita now takes over as ranch cook. This allows her to put her troubled emotions to good use, channeling them into making ever more elaborate dishes. The first of these is an indigenous dish involving rose petals, its recipe seemingly dictated to Tita by the voice of Nacha.