Natalie has been mute ever since her mother died. He lives with her father in early 20th century New York and assists him with his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
When Natalie hears of the painting of Lord Denbury, she insists on seeing it. The owner, Mrs. Northe, decides to loan the painting to the museum for safekeeping, and entrusts Natalie with some knowledge she has of the paintings origins. When observing the painting one day, Natalie notices it seems to be moving. When she touches it, she's pulled into the painting. Lord Denbury is real--and trapped! She must learn about the curse in order to set Lord Denbury free.
Written in a very descriptive format, the author paints a vivid picture. Natalie's character is interesting and the story is written in a journal format from her point of view.