In a little town where the neighbourhood is made up of mines and all the villagers are miners, your destiny could seem to follow in your father's footsteps, especially if he is the head-miner. In this Johnston's masterpiece, Jake Gyllenhaal is Homer Hickam, a student that warmed to astronomy, dreaming of build a rocket. His father is against him: his family needs money and he would like that his son will contribute to the maintenance in stead of spending time with frivolous projects; what his father doesn't understand is that the rocket means the way to have a possibility to pick out his own life and to not accept what other people have preordained to you. No need if your project will not realize, no need if you will have failed: what's important is to try; with determination, something will be stand to you: the fear and the courage to say: "I'll ever attempt!". This is what the movie shrieks: "Keep your chin up! Go on!".