Alcyone was the daughter of Aeolus, the Greek god of the wind. She was the wife of Ceyx, the King of Trachis. Alcyone and Ceyx were admired by the Gods and mortals for their physical beauty and love for eachother.
They were so happy in their marriage that they called one another Zeus and Hera. This angered Zeus who thought the arrogant couple needed to be punished for comparing themselves to Gods.
Ceyx was mourning over his brother's death and he was troubled over worrying signs he'd observed. He decided to consult the oracle of Apollo. Alcyone tried to persuade her husband not to embark on the treacherous journey across the sea because of the strong winds that even her father couldn't control.
Zeus thought that this was the perfect time to punish the vain couple. He launched a thunderbolt that raised a hurricane, and the ship began to sink.
Ceyx, realising his end was near, prayed to the Gods for his body to be washed ashore so his beloved Alcyone could perform funeral rites.
Alcyone waited for her husband for a long time, praying continually to the gods, especially Hera, queen of the gods, for the safe return of Ceyx. Hera felt profound sorrow for the tragic fate of Ceyx. Hera asks Hypnos to gently inform Alcyone of the news and Hypnos sends his son Morpheus.