After the island of Calypso, Odysseus arrived on the island of Scheria, which was most probably the Greek island of Corfu.
On this island, the trees bore fruit all year round and the ships were magic because they could travel without captains.
Odysseus built a layer of leaves and then he laid beneath an olive tree and fell asleep. It was a bright, warm day.
Suddenly, a beautiful girl approached the river. it was the beautiful princess Nausicaa. Nausicaa was about to get married and didn't want to appear as lazy.
So she and her handmaidens washed all their clothes, laid them out to dry and then they started playing in the sun.
Suddenly their ball rolled towards the sleeping Odysseus and the girls ran to fetch it.
In his deep sleep, Odysseus heard the happy voices and awoke. Quickly, he cut some tufted twigs to hide his nudity and emerged from the bushes.
When the girls noticed him, they became frightened and ran away screaming. Only Nausicaa stood there fearless.
Odysseus approached Nausicaa and said:
"If you're a goddess, you must be Artemis, the goddess of the hunt.
If you are a mortal, you must be a princess.
How fortunate and proud your family must be!
I was a castaway for twenty days, struggling with the sea, until the waves brought me to your island.
I don't know where I am. If you have a heart, take pity on me and gave me clothes to dress and some bread to stop my hunger... and then show me the way to the city.""
"Stranger, you seem like a civilized man, your story made me sad. You are on the island of Corfu, where the renowned Alkinoos is king.
I am his daughter, Nausicaa. We are peaceful and fair people and I will accommodate you as you deserve."
So said Nausicaa and commanded her handmaidens to take care of the stranger. And when Odysseys ate some bread and got dressed, then suddenly he seemed taller
and more handsome and Nausicaa admired him.
Then Nausicaa and her handmaidens departed for the city. Odysseus followed from a distance, in order to avoid rumors.
Just outside the city, Odysseus stopped to pray at a temple of Athena.
Then Nausicaa led him to the palace of her father.
When Alkinoos and his wife Arete found out who he was, they honored Odysseus with precious gifts and promissed him to help him return to his homeland, Ithaca.