In the coal forest area of West Virginia, mining coal is the life of all local people AAA. John Hickman (Chris Cooper), Horner's father, after his own efforts, finally became a supervisor and established his status and authority in the local area. John likes coal mines because that's why the whole area exists. If no one found coal mines there, there would be no "coal forest". He was the center of the whole region, and he wanted Horner and his brother Jim to take over. But Jim won a football scholarship at school and was able to continue his study. Horner also had his own plan. He wanted to come out. He wants to go out of the "coal forest" and pursue his ideal. He wants to be a scientist, but his father doesn't understand. So they are constantly in conflict. Horner grew up in this situation and realized his father's anger, lover's love, hatred for brothers and love for friends. Inspired by rocket pioneer Werner von Braun, Horner invented his first rocket. He took out the gunpowder from the firecracker and put it into the flashlight. He thought it could fly up to 300 feet, but it exploded in his mother's garden. But he was not discouraged, and convened two helpers: roe Lee (William Lee Scott) and odel (Chad Lindberg). With the help of the local mathematician Quentin (Chris Owen), he designed and made a series of rockets. Horner himself is not a mathematical genius, but Kunting is; He was not good at collecting, but oder knew how to get the materials he needed; Roy Lee is a master of communication. He can lure people to hand over what they need. Horner had only enthusiasm and confidence, but he gave them all enthusiasm and confidence. Their physical chemistry teacher Lilly (raubin laden) found them a book on rockets. They taught themselves and applied what they learned to their rockets. Lilei uses her teacher's identity education to inspire the children, especially Horner, to make him think he can become the person he wants to become. So no matter what difficulties he encountered, he surprisingly overcame them. After a series of accidents, they built a launch base in an abandoned dump outside the village and named it "coal forest corner". Their first successful rocket was called "auk-1", which refers to a bird that can't fly. The rocket flew in an arc and rushed to the coal mine. People ran in all directions. Finally, the rocket crashed near Horner's father's office. This aroused his father's fury. Horner realized that his father was not interested in the rockets and what he did. This made him very sad, angry and depressed. Although John Hickman thought his son was wasting energy, his wife Elsie (Natalie kanadi) encouraged her son to insist that she was willing to do anything for the child's dream. John Hickman is more realistic: not every dream can become a reality, not everyone can become a rocket expert, especially in places like western Virginia, even Rockets have not been heard of. In fact, the father loves his children, but because the children don't grow up as arranged by the father, they show such a side. Although he is a strict man, he is not. He thought it foolish to study rockets, something he knew little about. He didn't want children to be sad about the unknown results after so much enthusiasm. As their rockets soared higher and straighter, the children became local celebrities. Crowds of people watched them launch rockets. They made money from selling waste materials, metal fragments and other things. In the end, their rockets flew higher and higher, entered the science exhibition and even won the prize. It seemed that it was just around the corner. This has become not only their dream, but also the dream of the whole region. In February 1998, honashi honackman retired from NASA as an engineer.