When Odysseus and his man arrive in the Cyclopes after escaping from the lotus eaters, they immediately happen upon a cave filled with invaluable food such as goats, milk, and cheese. Odysseus, against the wishes of his men, chooses to linger in the cave for some time until the dweller of the cave, Polyphemus, son of Poseidon, returns. Though he is initially courteous, he eventually commits his first horrible act by devouring two of Odysseus' men and imprisoning the rest for later consumption.
Completely outmatched in terms of strength, Odysseus must devise a way to outwit the colossal cyclops. He gets him drunk and tells him that his name is "Nobody," so that when he and his men attempt to kill to cyclops in his sleep, the latter calls out to his friends that "Nobody is killing me."