Jacob's luck had run out - orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he jumps onto a passing train and land on this locomotive "ship of fools", the Circus. It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, was there because she fell in love with the wrong man, a handsome circus boss with a wide mean streak. And Rosie the elephant was there because she was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn't have an act - in fact, she couldn't even follow instructions. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival. Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is an atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells the story of a love that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford.