Odysseus and his men anchored their ship on the land of the Cyclopes. They decided to explore the island, and they brought their magic sleeping potion with them just in case. They found a large cave with many sheep and goats inside.
All of the sudden Polyphemus returned to his cave where Odysseus and his men were. Polyphemus was enormous and very scary. Odysseus and his men hid in the dark part of the cave and Polyphemus didn't see them yet. He put a boulder over the entrance of the cave.
Polyphemus then saw the men hiding in his cave, and he asked who they were. Odysseus and his men tried to make friends with Polyphemus. but he wasn't interested. He picked up two of Odysseus' men and ate them! Polyphemus then went to sleep.