HAROLD KLINE IS AN ALBINO -- AN OUTCAST. FOLKS STARE and taunt, calling him Ghost Boy. So when the circus comes to town, Harold runs off to join it.
Full of colorful performers, the circus seems like the answer to Harold's loneliness. He's eager to meet the Cannibal King, a sideshow attraction who's an albino too. Harold is touched that Princess Minikin and the Fossil Man, two other sideshow curiosities, embrace him like a son. He's in love with Flip, the beguiling horse trainer, and awed by the all-knowing Gypsy Magda. Most of all, Harold is proud of training the elephants, and of earning respect and a sense of normalcy. Even at the circus, though, two groups exist -- the freaks and everyone else.
Harold straddles the two groups. But before he can find a place to call home, Harold must recognize the truth beneath what seems apparent....