On their way back home from Troy, Odysseus and his men land on island Ismarus, the stronghold of the Cicones. There they loot the city and enslave the women. Odysseus tries to convince his men to continue on their voyage, but they insist on lingering. Meanwhile the Cicones regroup and, with help from their neighbors, march upon the invaders. Odysseus and his men are unable to keep them back and just barely escape total ruin. This encounter, however, costs them 6 of their number.