Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, the goddess of harvest and fertility. Persephone's beauty attracted many gods but her mother kept all men away from her due to her obsessed love of Persephone.
The most persistent suitor was Hades, the god of the Underworld. He was amazed by Persephone's beauty and youth. When he asked Demeter if He could marry Demeter's daughter she got furious and said it would never happen.
I wish to marry your daughter
Hades was heart broken and so he decided that no matter what Persephone will be his. One day while persephone was picking flowers when she went to pick a very beautiful flower, the ground opened up and out came Hades. He grabbed her before she could scream and went back to the underworld.
Demeter looked everywhere for her daughter but could not find her. Demeter's friend Hecate suggested she go to Helios, the all-seeing sun god. Demeter went to him and begged and cried for him to help her. Helios felt sorry for her so he revealed that Hades kidnapped her.
Helios I beg of you to help me find my daughter.
Hades kidnapped her.
Demeter was furious with Helios because he suggested that it was a good thing Persephone was with Hades and mad at Zeus for not telling her sooner. She decided to leave her duties as the goddess of harvest and fertility to grief but also punish the gods. The earth began to dry up, harvests failed, and famine spreaded throughout the whole world.
The cries of the people reached Zeus and he made a solution. He would return Persephone to Demeter if she says she is there against her will. Hades heard this and gave Persephone fruit of the underworld which make anyone who eats want to stay in the underworld. When Persephone was asked if she was there against her will she said no. Demeter accused Hades of trickery and so they fought until Zeus came up with a solution. Persephone would stay half a year with Hades and the other half with Demeter. They both hated it but had no other choice.