Visionary showman P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) rises from nothing to create the traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, A.K.A. "The Greatest Show on Earth." The dazzling spectacle and celebration of his vivid imagination beguiled audiences around the world.
Throughout his travels, Barnum was infatuated with singer Jenny Lind, known as the so-called Swedish Nightingale (Rebecca Ferguson).