The second book in bestselling author Michael Cadnum's thrilling collection of myths from Ovid's METAMORPHOSES.
Orpheus, a brave musician who is dearly loved by the gods and admired by all of humankind, attempts to use the power of song to rescue his beautiful wife, Eurydice, from the Underworld after she dies from a serpent bite on their wedding day.
When Orpheus finally reaches the centre of the Underworld, Hades relents to his beautiful music and agrees to set Eurydice free. However, he tells Orpheus that he must not look back at his wife as he leads her to the surface.
Just before the couple reaches the upper world, Orpheus cannot help but look back at Eurydice, and he, therefore, loses her forever.