In Coalwood, West Virginia, all the boys grow up to be coal miners and Homer Hickam has no reason to think he'll
be any different. Too small to earn a football scholarship, Homer has no way out of his predetermined life--until
the Soviet satellite Sputnik flies over the October sky and changes everything. It's 1957 and Homer's world just
got a lot bigger. Though his father is mine superintendent and has no greater wish than to see his sons follow in
his footsteps, Homer embarks on a mission to build and launch his own homemade rockets with the help of his loyal
band of friends. Though their frequent mistakes nearly get them shut down, their successes inspire the whole town
to believe that miracles can happen even in Coalwood, and there's nothing wrong with shooting for the stars.