Odysseus falls asleep dreaming of Ithica, yet while he is sleeping his men plan to eat the Cattle of Helios.
Odysseus men grow tired and hungry, so while Odysseus sleeps they kill one of the cows; Disobeying his orders.
As Odysseus and his men leave the island and try to get home, the gods show their fury. Zeus sends down a lightning bolt that destroys Odysseus ship and crew. Because Odysseus didn't eat the cows, the gods spare him, leaving him the only survivor.