In July of 1969, history was made when Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins manned the Apollo 11 space shuttle and touched down upon the moon. During this expedition, fellow astronaut Jim Lovell hosts a house party so they can witness the moment on television themselves. As they’re watching, Lovell tells his wife, Marilyn, that he intends to walk on the moon one day – having previously orbited it in the Apollo 8 spacecraft. Three months later, complications cause Lovell’s crew to fly Apollo 13 instead of the slated 14. It would appear that Lovell’s goal will come to pass sooner than expected.
Andy Davis is preparing to go to summer camp. He intends to bring his favorite toy – a cowboy figure named Woody. However, while playing with him, he inadvertently tears the figure. Andy’s mother tells her son to leave Woody behind out of fear of damaging him further. Woody is now highly afraid of being thrown out – a fear that has come to pass for one of his peers. Wheezy, a squeeze toy penguin, has not seen the light of day for several months upon breaking his squeaker. Andy’s mother then sets Wheezy up at a yard sale. Determined to rescue his friend, Woody leaps into action.
Andy Davis is an ordinary boy growing up in a suburban home. Like many kids, he loves playing with toys. His favorite toy is a cowboy figure named Woody. However, the world in which Andy lives has a secret. Toys are living beings that simply pretend to be lifeless whenever humans are present. Because Andy’s family intends to move soon, his parents decide to celebrate his birthday a week early. Little does he know that one toy he receives will end up disrupting the dynamic between the ones he currently owns.
The year is 1990, and a beautiful young French woman named Veronique aspires to be a singer. In Poland, another woman named Weronika has similar aspirations. One would be forgiven for believing them to be one in the same due to their strikingly identical appearance. This story follows both women, detailing the highs and lows of their lives. Though they will never formally meet each other by the time this story ends, they share an esoteric connection that transcends language and culture.
Max Fischer is a prodigy, for he is able to solve an equation that left his geometry teacher’s mentor utterly stumped. As promised, he never has to crack open a textbook for the rest of his tenure at Rushmore Academy – or so he believes. Unfortunately for him, reality comes knocking at the door, waking him up from his dream. In reality, Max Fischer is an eccentric 15-year-old scholarship student. He’s quite the paradoxical individual, for he participates in an astounding number of extracurricular activities, yet Dr. Guggenheim, the school’s headmaster, considers him the school’s worst student; his grades do nothing to assuage this assessment. At one school assembly, Max meets the disillusioned Herman Blume, and the two of them strike up an unlikely friendship. Meanwhile, Max develops an obsession with Rosemary Cross, a widowed teacher who has recently arrived at the school. The next few months will stretch both relationships to their absolute limits.
Bess McNeill, a young Scottish woman, has just married the love of her life, an oil rig worker named Jan Nyman. Her choice has been met with disapproval from her community owing to the fact that Jan is an atheist. Bess is a pure-hearted woman who is steadfast in her beliefs. She also has a darker side to her, being childlike and naïve while having a history of psychological problems. She frequently attempts to speak with God, and answers her own prayers. She believes that He responds directly through her. She also experiences high amounts of anxiety when he is separated from Jan. One day, she prays to God to send Jan home, though she may not be happy with how her wish comes to pass.