Jack Romaine's addiction to speakeasies and cards has landed him in a tight spot - one which he can't use his good looks to get out of. With debts to dangerous men piling up, he becomes an unwilling recruit for a Cincinnati gangster needing an expendable tool to recover his stolen cash and railroad bonds. Unfortunately, Jack is not the only man on the trail of the stolen money - he is in competition with a sadistic killer who relishes the carnage he leaves in his wake.
The trail leads south to Kaleidoscope; a 'beddy' for freaks during the months when carnival is out-ofseason. In this malformed community peopled by dwarfs and giants, legless women and women with three breasts, Siamese twins and sword-swallowers, Jack is very much the odd man out. Convincing these folk of his sincerity and amiability while surreptitiously trying to find out what happened to the stolen cash is going to take all his ingenuity - and will have results he could never have anticipated...
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