Campbell Babbitt je newyorški novinar, ki sredi osemdesetih let odpotuje v rodni New Hampshire, kjer naj bi naredil reportažo o prvi civilni astronavtki, učiteljici Christi McAuliffe. Tam izve, da je njegov bivši sošolec, ki je učil na njuni nekdanji srednji šoli, naredil samomor. Ko skuša o svojem umrlem sošolcu narediti zgodbo in obišče njegove dijake, pa se Babbitt znajde sredi skupine problematičnih in uporniških otrok, ki ga sprejmejo medse in mu začnejo razkrivati drugačno plat življenja.
What makes a hero? January, 1986. Campbell Babbitt is a reporter for the New York World, writing a series on a woman who turned the grief of losing a son into civic acts. He falls in love with her, and when she commits suicide, he continues to write made-up stories about her. His editor sends him to New Hampshire to cover the Challenger flight from the town of teacher Christa McAuliffe. The launch is postponed for a few days, giving Campbell time to get to know a group of misfit students whose own teacher killed himself the day Campbell arrives in town. He pieces the story together that led to the suicide, finds himself attracted to a student, and has to sort out his own loss.