Alex is a self-sufficient boy living with his depressed mother. He takes care of himself and his mother but he has big plans and he will be gone for a few days. Alex is obsessed with his dog, Carl Sagan, and outer space. Alex and his dog take a trip to New Mexico to meet his online friends to launch his golden iPod into space. From there Alex is on a crazy voyage with people he doesn’t know and he lost his beloved dog along the way. Alex is full of life and optimism but he soon discovers secrets of his family he never knew.