The film begins with a sequence of miniatures from the Book of Genesis. Although it is an abridged version of the story, the narrative focus of the images depicts the following verses:
[2:21] So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh [2:22] And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
The succession of film frames structures the progression of the scene, and it alters the original function of the physical manuscript medium. In the same way as a facsimile, film mechanical reproduction reconfigures the way one perceives manuscript illuminations. However, unlike a facsimile, the medium of film removes all indications of the name, origin, and workshop of the physical manuscript.