Homer prayed to the Muse to help him tell the story of how Odysseus tried to save his shipmates but couldn't because they were too reckless.
Stuck on the island
Odysseus and his men took Plunder on Ismarus and when Odysseus wanted to go back to the sea, his men would not listen. When they were drinking and feasting, Odysseus and his men were attacked. Many of his shipmates had died by the time they were able to get back to the sea.
Zues punished Odysseus and his shipmates by blowing them off course with mighty winds and Odysseus ended up on the land of the Lotus-Eaters. The Lotus-Eaters offered Lotus to Odysseus' shipmates, which made them want to stay on the island forever.