One day Persephone, the young maiden of spring, was picking wildflowers with her mother, Demeter, the goddess of grain. Entering the cool moist woods, Persephone filled her basket with lilies and violets. But when she spied the white petals of the narcissus flower, she strayed far from her mother.
Just as Persephone picked a beautiful narcissus, the earth began to rumble. Suddenly the ground cracked open, splitting fern beds and ripping flowers and trees from their roots. Then out of the dark depths sprang Hades, god of the underworld.
Wandering the underworld, Hermes passed through dark smoky caverns filled with ghosts and phantoms, until he came to the misty throne room of Hades and Persephone. Though the maiden was still frightened, she had grown accustomed to her new home and had almost forgotten her life on earth.