Lidia Villafañe led a completely normal life on Rio de Janeiro. Had a well-paying job, a good apartment and a nice family that didn't put their noses on her life. That was until she met Palaemon on one of her trips to the Caribbean. He fell in love with the woman but she didn't respond it. When she went back to Brazil, she found the man living on the neighbor apartment which had been put for rent for months and no one wanted. He kept asking her for a chance or at least one coffee break and she gave in after two weeks.
After the coffee she agreed with another date and the god finally won her heart (she didn't know he was a god, thought it was just an average man). After they started dating, she found out she was pregnant after a drunk night when they forgot the condom.
She was heartbroken when she heard Palaemon had to leave her with the newborn baby. She didn't believe him when he said he would come back someday for them and cursed him for all Lara's life. Everything that went wrong in Lidia's life was the man's fault and Lara wasn't sure on what to think of her father. Lidia had destroyed anything that remembered her of that man and refused to call her daughter Lara, the name he had given to her, calling her Miranda instead, the name she wanted to give.
Lara lived in Brasília, not Rio like her mother, since Lidia hadn't forgotten what the god had said about coming back and didn't want him near her daughter. She only got to see the ocean on her vacations and was always counting the days for it.
The time when they were in the Caribbean, the same place Lidia had first met Palaemon, when Lara noticed how one of the maids of the hotel looked a bit... Off. She looked a bit like a chicken and that freaked Lara out. She ignored it, thinking she was going crazy. But when her mother had gone to the town with a tourist group and left her alone in her room the old maid attacked.
The weird woman sprouted wings and now looked more like a chicken then ever. Lara ran to the beach, not knowing what to do but the harpy was pecking on her skin and she couldn't protecy herself. She dived in the shoal that was near the beach and held her breath. After some time, she noticed she could breath under water normally and the harpy gave up and flew back to the hotel.
A sea nymph watched everything and told Lara about her guess that she was a demigod. She said it was best if she went to Long Island to train on Camp, where she would be safe. When Lara told this to her mother, she was taken with a wave of her mother's hand and a "You spent too much time on the sun, dear. You're going mad". Lara was fuming with anger but now she was always next to someone, for fear the old hag would come back.
One of those days she was hiding near the lobby, she saw a really tanned man with sharp teeth. He smiled at her and hugged her tightly. When he let her go, her mother had just came, looking for her. Lidia glared at the man and pulled Lara away from him. She started throwing curses at him and said he didn't have the right to touch her daughter. Lara got away from her mother's arms and asked the man if she was a demigod like the Nymph had guessed. He nodded and said he would explain it all if her mother would let him. Lidia turned on her heels and left the two alone.
Palaemon explained everything to Lara and said he had a ticked to Long Island for her to get to Camp. he said there was going to be a satyr on the airport waiting to take her there. He then disappeared.
Lidia didn't want to send her daughter that far, but let her go making her promise she would at least come back to visit during the winter (since it was Summer there). When Lara got to New York, the satyr was there waiting for her. He took her to Camp with no problems on the way.