Circus life in 1850 backgrounds this sequel to Lions in the Rain which told of young Clay Baldwin's first taste of animal training when Joe Dobbin came to winter the lions of Pa Hathaway's Rolling Show in the Baldwin's Connecticut barn. When summer comes Clay is delighted to go with the show as a general chore boy, and his hands are kept full. Besides helping Joe with the cats and learning more about them himself, there is the problem of a rival circus, Dan Mackay's, who is trying to cut in on their territory and force Hathaway to sell out. When a prize Hathaway act is stolen, Clay goes after it to the enemy camp and, back safe after an exciting recovery, is given his own training act in the ring. Robust and atmospheric.