A 17 year old girl named Griet is sent to work in the household of the painter Johannes Vermeer when her father loses his job because he's blind. Vermeer decides to have Griet work as his assistant and clean his studio. Van Ruiven, the guy who pays Vermeer to paint, makes Vermeer paint a picture of Griet - because he 'likes' her. This results in the famous picture, Girl With A Pearl Earring. Also, Griet deals with the attentions of Pieter, the family butcher.