Spurred by your
natural curiosity, you stick around after the show in the
big top, hoping to catch an after-hours performance. Perhaps
you'll get a peek at an impromptu clown act, or watch the
late-night feedings of the exotic animals you goggled at earlier.
But life at the circus isn't glamorous after the audience
has gone home: instead of flashy feats, you overhear a mysterious
conversation: a little girl - the circus owner's daughter
- has been kidnapped! Her father is too naive (or is he too
pompously stupid?) to do more than hire an inept detective
to find her. He remains blindly loyal to his overworked performers,
but... could it be an inside job? The girl might be hidden
somewhere on the circus grounds... and one of the performers
might be her abductor!
So you do what
anyone would do in these circumstances: set out to rescue
the damsel in distress. The odds aren't in your favor: you
- a spectator, a bystander, an outsider in a defensive close-knit
community - trying to find a girl you've never met, in a place
you know nothing about, among bizarre people who want nothing
to do with you. Some would call you brave. Some would call
Every circus has
its seedy underside. But few are as dangerous as this.