Once there was a king called Midas. He ruled his kingdom selfishly and unfairly. He was very rich, but he had a beautiful daughter who he loved very much.
One day, the king was in his garden, and he found a satyr, sleeping. He knew this satyr was a friend of Dionysus. So, he invited him inside and treated him well.
Because he had been kind to the satyr, Dionysus visited Midas and offered to grant him one wish. However, the God knew Midas was greedy, and warned him to be careful.
Because Midas was greedy, he wished to turn everything he touched into gold; food, jewels, even the walls of his palace. He was so happy, he forgot the warning of the wine God.
Midas was very happy with his gift; until he unthinkingly, hugged his daughter, who within seconds had turned to solid gold. He was devastated.
Midas ran to find the wine god and begged him to take away the gift. Dionysus told him to wash his hands in the river Pactolus, and as he did this, he could see the gold leaving his fingertips. He ran to see his daughter who was indeed alive again.