For years, her aunt has told her that her mother died. But now, Angel learns her mother was part of a freak show in a carnival and might still be alive. Longing for the truth, Angel joins a carnival in hopes of learning her mother's fate. There, she is surprised to find people who show her more love than she has ever experienced. As she begins to consider that God may actually care about her, Angel's steps are dogged by Roland Piccoli, the scion of a notorious New York gangster family who insists he has turned from his family's ways.