Odysseus, the king of Ithaca is at home with his wife Penelope. She just gave birth to their son, Telemachus.
King Odysseus and his men are asked to help in the battle at Troy.
Cross the Threshold/Departure
King Odysseus feels that he should stay in Ithaca with his wife Penelope, and baby, Telemachus. He also knows that if he goes out to Troy, it could be a long time before he gets home. Because of this, he declines the offer to fight at Troy.
After Odysseus refuses the offer, the goddess Athena appears to him. Athena is the goddess of wisdom, war, and crafts. She advises Odysseus to go and the journey, and says that she will protect him.
Odysseus then goes to the Troy and helps them win the battle. Once the war is over Odysseus and his men set out for their journey back to Ithaca.
On his way back Odysseus faces many trials and challenges. He looses many of his men along the way. During these times Odysseus is aided by the gods. However, some of the gods have been playing with him and making it harder to return home.