In remote Skagen, a fishing village at the northernmost tip of Denmark, numerous artists gather, attracted by the exceptional light and natural scenery. Among them: renowned painter P.S. Kroyer (Soren Saetter-Lassen, lively), known as Soren, and his wife, Marie (Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, an attractive clotheshorse), 16 years his junior and a painter herself. While Soren works on a grand scale, Marie daubs on canvases barely larger than a book. Marie finds little time to develop her own talent since she must serve as her husband's favorite model and sometime nurse, as well as homemaker and caring mother to their young daughter, Vibeke. Moreover, Soren casually and cruelly denigrates her work, destroying her dream of a happy life among mutually supportive artists. Exhausted by Soren's manic episodes and unable to find comfort in her painting, Marie visits Sweden, where the dashing looks, admiring words and sexual prowess of composer Alfven (Sverrir Gudnason, bland) sweep her off her feet. Since the possessive Soren won't agree to a divorce, the lovers try a menage a trois in Skagen that soon leads to disaster. But when Marie abandons her life and social status in Denmark to follow her love to his native land, she discovers that Danish laws are not kind to independent-minded women.