Frankie and Patch are partners in a dunk-the-bozo booth in a carnival that is traveling through the South. In one small town, a teenager named Donna is encouraged by Frankie to join the carnival, and she moves in with him, into the trailer he shares with Patch. Feeling rejected, Patch plans to get rid of Donna, but the owner of the business wants her to help him trick some local men who are demanding payoffs. After Donna plays her part in the scheme, she is accepted by Patch.
Gary Busey, Jodie Foster, Robbie Robertson, Meg Foster, Kenneth McMillan, Elisha Cook Jr., Theodore Wilson, John Lehne, Tina Andrews, Bert Remsen, Alan Braunstein, Bill McKinney, Woodrow Parfrey, Craig Wasson, Tim Thomerson, Jordan Cael, John Cassidy, Margaret Jo Lee, Bill Bartman, Terry Beaver, Jerry Rushing, Dani Dembrosky, Robert Douqui, George Emerson, Bob Hannah, Robert Kent, Virginia Logan, Randal Patrick, Fred Ward