The cultured city of Rome during the seventeeth century embraces almost any artist of emerging talent--unless that artist is a woman. Bianca Marinelli's ambition to become an accomplished artist blinds her to the realities of her day and sends her on a quest to be apprenticed by the famous artist Caravaggio. Marco Biliverti's castle and lands were confiscated by his evil brother. Until Marco can prove he is the rightful heir to his father's estate, he is forced to work as a stonemason. Because he also supports his widowed mother and sister, he agrees to sit as a model for Caravaggio, supplementing his worker's income in any way possible. Marco is captivated by the intelligence and charm of the lovely Bianca. But bereft of his wealth and working as a common laborer, Marco cannot hope to pursue the woman of his dreams. Can they ever overcome the barriers that separate them from a growing love?