Young Persephone is the most beautiful maiden in Hellas. But all the boys are scared away by her mother, Demeter, whose mysterious powers must have come from the gods. So Persephone keeps her distance, and spends her days living a sheltered life. Then one day, Hades-the dreaded lord of the dead-sees Persephone. Enchanted, he whisks her deep into his dark realm. At first, she rejects him-but Hades is wealthy, intelligent, and powerful. He courts Persephone as no man has ever dared before and reveals to her, in the rumored "land of the dead," a world more wondrous than she'd ever imagined-one where she may just discover a passion greater than life itself.