Persephone, daughter of Demeter, grew up on Olympus as happy as can be. Demeter "loved her so dearly she could not bear to have her out of her sight." Persephone and Demeter were picking flowers in the meadow when Demeter lost sight of Persephone.
Someone else also loved Persephone as dearly as her mother. When Demeter lost sight of Persephone, Hades "seized the terrified girl, turned his horses and plunged back into the ground."
In the underworld, Persephone saw no joy even though Hades "decked her with gold and precious stones." Everyone in the underworld came out from the cracks to worship their new queen. One day in the garden, the gardener offered Persephone pomegranates but she "refused to touch the food of the dead."
"On the earth, Demeter ran around searching for her lost daughter, and all nature grieved ." Even the gods begged Demeter "to bless the earth again" but Demeter refused. Demeter had so much grief that she turned into a gray old woman. Until one day she met a young man named Triptolemus, who told her that he had seen a girl screaming and disappear into the ground.
Demeter now understood that Hades took her daughter. She was so furious that she called Zeus and told him that "she would never make the earth green if he did not command Hades to return Persephone."
Zeus commanded Hades to return Persephone to earth. Persephone and Demeter were filled with joy when Persephone returned, and even the earth was happy because Demeter had blessed the fields and turned them green again. But then Persephone remembered that she ate a pomegranate in the underworld out of boredom . Persephone has to return to the underworld with Hades every year because she at the pomegranate. When Persephone leaves, the earth and Demeter grieve and winter falls around the earth until Persephone returns.