Carlton, the son of Judge Sheldon, decides he wants to leave home and be part of the circus so he runs away. It isn't until the Judge is brutally attacked that Carlton sees his proper place is now back at home.
The Marvelous Manellis are a new high wire act that Big Tim has just hired. But when the act is scheduled to show up for work, one of their members is missing. Unknowingly, that member, Marie Manelli, is trapped in a forest fire with Corky.
Bear trainer Karl Hofer, has an act with his dancing bear, Mitzi, and attempts to get a job with the circus. But Big Tim is reluctant to give Karl a place in the circus because of dealings in the past that labeled Karl untrustworthy.