High school senior Patrick Sheridan has the job of his dreams. He's left his small Texas town for Los Angeles, where he's a television reporter on Classroom Direct. As his face is beamed into schools across the country, Patrick becomes a celebrity. The pay is great, his wardrobe is lavish, and soon Patrick's mailbox overflows with fan mail. But the others on the show are jaded. Girlfriend and best buddy are a thousand miles away. As Patrick grows less sure of who he is, or wants to be, an assignment in Ireland offers him a chance to find out. Rob Thomas, award-winning author of Rats Saw God, worked for a news program much like Classroom Direct. He taught high school journalism for five years and is now a writer for commercial television. In Satellite Down, this talented writer gives young adults an unflinching look at growing up in the spotlight.