Eleven-year-old Peter Hawkins is the world’s greatest genius–but nobody knows it. Abandoned as a toddler, he spends his days alone in a mysterious mansion outside Big Sky, Texas, where he creates amazing inventions and art that no one ever sees. When he summons the courage to attend school, bullies harass him relentlessly, and Peter is far too shy to make any friends.
Determined to escape his lonely life, Peter devises a plan to build a high-powered airplane and escape into the sky. He embarks on a captivating adventure to build his aircraft–outmatching a murderous thief, a mysterious giant, and a desert brimming with danger. But as his incredible Skyliner takes shape, Peter begins to suspect that a secret accomplice is helping him, and that perhaps he’s had a friend all along . . . .