SUMMARY: Cub reporter Jimmy is given a chance by
his boss, Martin Morris, to do more than sharpen pencils: he is
to use his juggling skills to infiltrate the carnival and write
an expose in the terrible things the carnies do. He
quickly gets a job with the show, but soon finds that the
carnies are the most wholesome and nice people in the world...
and hints of romance quickly begin between Jimmy and Cordy, the
daughter of Fred Biddle, the carnival's owner and star juggler.
The carnival is in financial trouble, and Fred meets with
Frannie Green, a woman looking for some excitement in her life,
who can't decide whether to invest in the carnival or in a biker
bar. Meanwhile, Cordy overhears Jimmy on the phone with
Martin, who insists that Jimmy write a negative story no matter
what the truth is. Cordy tells her father, who realizes
that a story in the paper could be good publicity - and could
also convince Frannie to invest. So he and Cordy decide to
give Jimmy his story and Frannie her excitement, and, despite
their earnest squareness, attempt to pretend their carnival is
dangerous, exciting and cool.