Jacob Jankowski napustio je svoj dotadašnji život i dospio ravno u svijet čudaka i izopćenika - Cirkus braće Benzini. Jedna članica cirkusa posebno će mu prirasti srcu – slonica Rosie, koju dotad nitko nije uspio dresirati.
Flora Chapman is in her fifties when her husband dies. Seizing upon her new found freedom, she decides to finish the history of their village that Edward had begun. A reference to Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII's fourth wife who he rejected for being ugly, captures her imagination as she begins to delve deeper into the life of this neglected figure.