Odysseus had been given a magic bag of winds from the wind god, Aeolus, to get home faster, but he didn't tell his men what was in the bag. As they neared their land, his crew was getting increasingly curious and opened the bag of winds, which blew them back all the way across the ocean, so they had to start back at square one.
They encounter a goddess named Circe, and stay there for what seems like 2 weeks, but is really many years. She gave up and said the only way they can leave her island is to go to the underworld. Odysseus risks his life to talk to the prophet, Tiresias where he tells Odysseus three obstacles they will encounter on their way home.
After surviving his ordeal, through a tragic accident, all of his men were washed out in the water and only Odysseus was left. Odysseus finds the king of Phaecia, and the king sees he is in trouble so he decides to help him get back home to his family in Ithaca.
Odysseus achieves his goal, however when he returns home, he sees many men trying to take over his kingdom, fortune, and his family. Athena helps him by dressing him up as a beggar to win the heart of his wife Penelope again before any of the other men do.
Penelope came up with a contest that she knew only Odysseus could achieve, and Odysseus was able to complete the task while all other men couldn't. Odysseus learned that he can always use help from other people and that he doesn't always have to do things by himself.
Odysseus kills all of the suitors at their house, and proves to Penelope that after 20 years, it is truly her husband standing before her. Penelope, their son Telemachus, and Odysseus come together as a family again. Odysseus has a newfound enlightenment now after his journey, and plans to share it with everyone.