Young whiz kid Jimmy's (Thomas Horn) dreams come true when he gets an invitation to space camp, though he tricks his parents (Dermot Mulroney and Mira Sorvino) in order to attend. While there he gets the chance to compete with other brainiacs under the tutelage of former astronaut, Captain Buck Manley (Josh Lucas). Jimmy and his team of genius misfits are on the fast track to winning the highest honours when Jimmy's parents find out the truth and pull him out of camp. It's only when NASA's Commander Phillips (Danny Glover) needs a fast solution to a real-life disaster that Jimmy gets a chance to redeem himself. But will he be able to keep his cool under immense pressure?