The Goddess Venus gives Psyche four tasks.
For the first task, the goddess throws a huge bowl of mixed grain and seeds onto the ground. Venus then demands that Psyche gathers them up and sorts them into separate piles before dawn. But after Venus leaves a kind ant takes pity on Psyche, and an army of ants completes the task for her.
For her second task Psyche has to cross a river and gather golden wool from violent sheep who graze on the other side. Psyche thinks she will drown herself but instead she is saved by the floating reeds and she finds some golden wool stuck on bushes at the riverside.
For Psyche’s third task, she is given a crystal jug and told to collect the black water from the rivers Styx and Cocytus. When climbing to the source of the rivers she is frightened by the scary, dark mountains and the dreadful dragons nearby. The God Jupiter takes pity on her and sends his eagle to get the water for her.
For her last task, Venus sends Psyche to the Underworld. The Underworld was a hidden kingdom for the dead. Psyche’s task is to take a box and fill it with some of the beauty of Proserpina, the Queen of the Underworld. Psyche despairs and climbs a tower, intending to throw herself off the top. Unexpectedly, the tower starts to talk and tells her how to find the entrance to the Underworld and instructions on how to avoid all the traps along the way. Psyche manages to get to the Underworld and Queen Proserpina gives her some of her beauty for the box.
However, as soon as Psyche leaves the Underworld, she becomes obsessed about the beauty in the box and opens it, hoping to improve her own beauty. But there is nothing in the box except a spell that sends Psyche into a never-ending sleep.