In search of a better life, a German girl named Willie (Anne Baxter) joins an American carnival that is passing through Munich. While traveling from town to town, she is torn between two suitors: cruel carnival barker Joe (Steve Cochran) and kindhearted high-dive artist Frank (Lyle Bettger). Frank gets the upper hand when he asks Willie to join his act. The partners soon become the most popular attraction at the carnival. But tragedy is only a slip away.