As Odysseus and his crew sailed away from Troy, they encountered the Lotos Eaters who tempted him and his crew mates to stay with them on their island by letting them eat their lotos flowers. The lotos flowers cause people to forget what they are doing and where they are headed.
When Odysseus and his crew escaped the Lotos Eaters, they made their way to the next nearest island because of the huge storm following them. Little did they know what kind of island they had landed on and what kind of monsters dwelled there.
When Polyphemus, the Kyklops, found the men in his cave, he devised a plan to eat them. At first, he ate only two men, so that he had a steady supply of men for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the next couple of days.
Odysseus and his men also devised a plan to escape the Kyklops' cave. They stabbed the Kyklops with a spike that blinded him and escaped by holding onto the ewe's stomachs so when the Kyklops let the ewe out of the cave, the men could escape too.