Odysseus and his man ransacked a city named Ismarus, so Zeus sent a storm which sent Odysseus and his crew sailing across the sea to the land of the Lotus Eaters. Some of Odysseus man ate the lotus flower and they lost all desire to go home.
They arrived on an island and discovered a cave full of goats and cheese. But it was the home of a cyclops named Polyphemus. Soon they were trapped because the cyclops had closed the entrance with an enormous rock. The cyclops eats some of Odysseus man, but Odysseus and his man stab the cyclops in his eye while he is asleep.
After sailing for many days, Odysseus and his men ended up among the Leastrygonians. They desperately needed to escape because the Laestrygonians were unfriendly canibals who killed most of Odysseus men and destroyed many of their ships.