In a race that pitted the astronomers at the rundown Lowell Observatory in Arizona against the greatest minds of Harvard, the search ended when an untrained Kansas farm boy, Clyde Tombaugh, proved the existence of the planet beyond all doubt.
Clyde Tombaugh, the boy who will discover Pluto, is out in the farmyard grinding the lens for his own telescope under the immense Kansas sky. A thousand miles away in Flagstaff, Arizona, the staff of Lowell Observatory is preparing to resume its long-interrupted search for Planet X. Meanwhile, the rich heir to a chemical fortune has decided to come west to hunt for dinosaurs - and for god. And in Cambridge, the beautiful Mary, is going slowly insane while her heavyweight champion boyfriend is certain he is about to lose her and will do anything to keep her.
Set in the last, vibrant, gin-soaked months of the flapper era, The Unfixed Stars follows Tombaugh’s unlikely path and touches on astrophysics and insanity, mathematics and dinosaur hunting, ship wrecks – and what happens when the greatest romance of your life also happens to be the source of your life's greatest sorrow.