One painters obsession can be the downfall of all society.
Artem Vosnikov is a twenty-two year old living and working in Amsterdam as a young free lance painter. His only problem, he hasn't found the right subject matter for his paintings.
Without painting nor sketching the world around him, Artem finds himself alone on the streets after being kicked from out from his residency for not having a single gold coin to pay the rent. He then coincidentally meets a wisened scholar, who takes the young man under his care and into the flourishing household of the Van Aken's.
There under the nourishment and graciousness of the Van Aken's themselves, Artem discovers what he had been longing so desperately to find; the subject matter of his long awaited paintings.
But it will pay a heavy price.
(A dark, unforgiving romance novel set in the height of the Dutch Golden Age)