America is losing the Space Race. In 1962, NASA selects the 2nd group of astronauts, called the 'New Nine' by the press. Lieutenant Commander Butch Gilmore, a Navy test pilot, is selected. Gilmore quickly joins his fellow astronauts in training, and along the way, sets off a chain of events that irrevocably change the history of the race to the moon. Gilmore and his wife, Jessie- an excellent engineer in her own right - along with Butch's best friend, Dan Ratliff, struggle with personal demons while working to ensure an American is the first man to step foot on the moon.