Ten years have passed since the end of the war in Troy, and Penelope, faithful and devoted wife of Odysseus, has been waiting for her husband to return home to Ithaka. The peace of the city has been shattered by the arrival of ill-mannered strangers from the surrounding islands who are vying for Penelope's hand in marriage. But Penelope is certain that her husband has survived the destruction of Troy and will, with the protection of Pallas Athene, return. Also caught up in the games orchestrated by the gods is Klymene, a young handmaiden who is like a daughter to Penelope - and who longs for more than friendship from Penelope's son, Prince Telemachus. Told through Klymene's eyes, Ithaka captures the quiet strength and patience of a woman's enduring love for her husband and the ensuing chaos that threatens all as Penelope is pressured to remarry.
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