In 1952, in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida, a troupe of human "curiosities" has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike.
One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television; police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse.
A citywide curfew threatens to shut down the freak show; a strongman from Ethel's troubled past arrives at camp; Gloria arranges a terrifying play date for Dandy; the Tattler Twins reveal a talent that could knock Elsa from the spotlight.
The freaks refuse to perform on Halloween due to an old carny superstition; Jimmy is smitten by a woman claiming to be a fortuneteller; Ethel receives life-changing news.
Edward Mordrake continues his search for a Freak to add to his ghostly coterie; Elsa tells the grisly story of her days in Germany; Jimmy and Maggie have a run-in with the Twisted Clown.
Stanley and Maggie hatch a plan to murder the Freaks; Gloria hides the evidence of Dandy's gruesome new hobby; a health scare reveals Desiree may not be the oddity she once thought.
Elsa unveils a dangerous new act; Stanley puts pressure on Maggie to murder Jimmy; Paul indulges in a secret romance.
The women of the Freak Show rally against Dell after his latest act of violence; a strange encounter with Dandy raises Jimmy’s suspicion about the clown murders.
Recent disappearances around camp raise Ethel’s suspicion of Elsa; Gloria makes a last ditch effort to contain Dandy’s bloodlust.
In the wake of a tragic loss, Jimmy sinks into a drunken despair; a reading from Maggie spurs Dandy to action; Stanley and Elsa track down the Twins.
The death of a Freak sparks troubling behavior in Pepper; Elsa reveals the history of the Freak Show; Desiree grows suspicious of Maggie.
Elsa prepares for her move to Hollywood; the Twins grow enamored with a traveling salesman; Dell plots Jimmy’s escape from police custody.
Maggie tries to prove her loyalty to Jimmy; Meanwhile, the Twins receive troubling information about Chester.