The book tells the story of the poisoned arrow that shot Paris (as in
Helen of Troy). In the beginning, Earth created monsters. One of these
was the Hydra. Heracles killed it, then dipped his arrows in the venom
of its blood. Years later, when his wife was abducted by a centaur, he
killed the rapist with one of these arrows. The dying centaur told
Heracles' wife to dip a robe in his blood, and give it to Heracles as a
token of her love. Heracles put on the robe, and was burned alive by
the poison. He built himself a funeral pyre, but no one would light it.
Finally, a small boy named Philoctetes did as Heracles asked, and
Heracles left him his arrows as a reward. It was with one of these
arrows that Paris was shot. Dying, he was taken into the woods where
there lived a goddess who had once loved Paris, and had the power of
healing. But she refused to cure him, and sent him away. Repenting, she
then hurried after him, but it was too late.