The Emerald is a story of generations of travellers forced to adapt as life changed around them. It starts in 1928, and follows the life of Punita Kota, whose family history can be traced back to ancient India. Her family was forced to flee Germany in 1939 to avoid Hitler’s round-up of aliens. By ship, she travelled to Amsterdam, where tragedy awaited. In De Wallen, Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District, she found employment, and her life took another turn.