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Searching for inspiration & a suitable subject for his paintings, the son of a wealthy family comes across a simple country home with a lovely daughter. Struck by her beauty & simplicity, he paints his best picture ever of her working in her parents' kitchen. Returning to the wealthy world of his parents, he cannot forget the girl & returns to marry her. The book follows the subsequent ups & downs of a marriage between a poor hard-working girl and a man accustomed to wealth and leisure, how their love impacts those around them & especially each other. Set in the early 1900's and extending past World War II, it also is a novel evocative of our country's roots.