At the height of the Great Depression, the showman of a renowned circus
leads his troupe through the devastated American landscape, lifting the
spirits of audiences along the way. During their travels they discover
Will, who lives out his life in a sordid carnival sideshow, far below
his aspirations of the grandeur of the great circuses. Having only
known a life of limitation and discouragement, Will is struck by an
intriguing encounter with the showman that leaves him hope, and a drive
to struggle against everything he has ever believed.