In the flooded country of Groningen, after a spring tide in 1717, the farmers live in the attics of their farms. Together with their animals, but cut off from the rest of the world.
The men work hard every day trying to repair the dikes; the water level slowly drops.
One day, a young couple finds a baby and a painting in their little boat. There is also a note that says± sell the painting, take care of the baby. They adopt the baby and wait for an opportunity to travel to the big city and sell the painting.
The woman is spellbound the painting. It is the most beautiful thing she has ever seen. When travelling becomes possible again, she sets out for Groningen with a heavy heart. Once there, the painting turns out to be much more valuable than they had thought. A treasure awaits them - if they can reach Amsterdam to collect it.
This is one of the stories from the novel Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland. It is actually a collection of stories that trace a fictional painting by Vermeer to its origin: the painter at work.
A journey through time with the connecting thread of a painting that touches and moves people of all ages.