A thoroughly likable story, well-written and original, set in a small town in Westchester County, New York. Fourteen year old Patrick Halligan finds a cool reception in the Freshman class at High School, when he enters three weeks late. But things begin to shape up. Pat makes up for the baseball squad losing their sandlot when his father has to put the new railroad station there, by evolving the idea of a town circus. This is to be a community affair to raise money for a town ball field. He enlists the help of a lonely caretaker on an off-shore island, who turns out to be a retired clown. And both Pat and the old clown win their respective goals in a lively tale.