Apollo was a great archer, but he teased young Eros, putting down his abilities as an archer. Eros shot two arrows, one tipped in gold, and one tipped with lead. The arrow dipped in gold had the power to create insatiable lust in a person, while the other created absolute abhorrence towards all things romantic and passionate. The arrow dipped in gold struck Apollo and the arrow dipped in lead struck fair Daphne.
Apollo chased down the maiden, desperate for her love, but she wanted nothing to do with him, and she ran from him endlessly. Soon, she grew weary in her running and that Apollo would ultimately catch her. Fearful, she called out to her father (river god) for help, he transformed his daughter into a tree.