Our society can't innovate, we must sacrifice to the Cretes!
Ariadne could save me!
On the island of Athens, improvement was not there due to the Cretes. This occured as, the people of Crete decided to send people annually to Athen for assurance they lacked growth. The Athenians had had enough and decided to sacrifice people. They then sent their son. They agreed if he were to come back, he would switch the boat mast to black.
When the ruler of Crete accepted, the people were "greeted" by the king and his daughter. They then led them down to where they would be held captive.
Late that night, the son, Theseus, saw a note slip from someone outside the door. That note read something that could change the Athenians' situation. Although, there was a deal in the letter; after he escaped he would have to bring Ariadne with him.
The next day, Theseus was sent into the maze. Using Ariadne's strategy, he slays the monster and finds his way back out.
As they escape, Perseus leaves Ariadne behind on a foreign island, denying his promise.
As he thinks about his wrongdoing, he forgets to change the mast to black. His father sees that and mourns. He then proceeds to throw himself into the ocean.