The true story, originally published as "Rocket Boys," that inspired the
Universal Pictures film.
It was 1957, the year Sputnik raced across the Appalachian sky, and the small
town of Coalwood, West Virginia, was slowly dying.
Faced with an uncertain future, Homer Hickam nurtured a dream: to send rockets
into outer space. The introspective son of the mine's superintendent and a
mother determined to get him out of Coalwood forever, Homer fell in with a group
of misfits who learned not only how to turn scraps of metal into sophisticated
rockets but how to sustain their hope in a town that swallowed its men alive.