An artist falls for a married young woman while he's commissioned to paint her portrait. The two invest in the risky tulip market in hopes to build a future together.
In 17th Century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant -- an unhappy arrangement that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter. Seeking to escape the merchant's ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom.