When P.T. Barnum was a kid, he and his father were very poor and his father worked as a tailor. Charity's father was very stern and protective of his daughter. P.T. and Charity became friends but Charity was send to boarding school but the kids wrote to each other. P.T.'s father passed away and P.T. had to live on the streets.
The circus meets the queen.
He is so short! Hahaha
When the kids grew up and Charity got back from school, they got married and had 2 daughters. The families were very poor because P.T. lost his job at t he bank. P.T. bought an old museum and opened it. That didn't go too well so he took all the outcasts in the town and formed a circus.
Protesters burn down the circus
The circus was a big hit but not everyone in the town liked that the people that were "different" were starting to fit in. People called it fake and tried to shut it down but that didn't work. P.T. wanted to be known around the world so when he met Philip, who was very popular, P.T. talked him into joining the circus and got the crew to meet the queen.
The circus is better than ever
When meeting the Queen P.T. met the singer Jenny. P.T. went on tour with her and made her known around the world. The circus continues but is a mess without P.T. and the crew faces many threats.
The night P.T. gets back, the building gets burned down by protesters and Philip almost dies trying to save Anne. P.T. and his wife are on the verge of ending their marriage but then P.T. remembers that he started this for his family and fixes it and the circus.