This is a feel good movie, one that does focus a bit on the differences between people, but is largely about celebrating greatness. T.S. Spivet is the underloved son of a father who is a cowboy. His brother is a chip off his father's block and in that vein, he manages to shoot himself and die while the boys are largely unsupervised b their busy father and their distracted mother. TS blames himself and throws himself into his projects, one of which is the perpetual motion machine. He designs a prototype and submits it for a contest at the Smithsonian and lo and behold, he wins. The movie is about his adventures on the way to the award ceremony, his travels and experiences on the road, and the revelation that he comes to about his mother and father and himself as well. Really unrealiztic but heart warming.