A Scientist is convinced he is able to break The Sound Barrier and after much researching in his lab comes up with the answer. However after his son, the willing participant, dies it is left to the scientist's son-in-law to take the controls. The two then bond on a new level while breaking The Sound Barrier together.
Not being a real account on how The Sound Barrier was broken allows the writer to add new sub-plots like the relationship between the scientist and his son-in-law. With Niven at the helm the direction is reliably slick and engaging, with the aerial shots standing out in particular.
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