In 1936, during The Great Depression, a traveling sideshow sets up shop to mystify yet another dustbowl town with freaks and illusions. When a sinister force begins taking the carnies' lives one-by-one, Detective Ellison is put on the case. Is it the cryptic carnival owner, Helen)? What about the strong man, Virgil? Or how about Ratty, the snake handler and his friend William, the sword swallower?