Odysseus’ voyage has lasted nearly two decades; his men long for Ithaca.
After a year on the witch-goddess Circe’s island the crew sets sail and crosses to the edge of the ocean, anchoring in a harbor where Odysseus visits the spirits of the dead, including his mother who has died grieving over his long absence. Perilous sea adventures follow: Odysseus resists the temptations of the Sirens’ dangerously seductive singing and navigates between the sea monster Scylla and the whirlpools of Charybdis. Finally, while resting on the island of Helios, Odysseus' men disobey his orders; they slaughter The Cattle of the Sun. When they set sail, Zeus obliges Helios’ demand for revenge with a terrible storm that leaves all but Odysseus dead.
And he, like us, longs to return home and bring his voyage to an end.