17-year old Sophie has two great loves - ballet and animals. Growing up on her parents’ family owned zoo she dreams of studying at the American Ballet.
With the zoo in trouble Sophie’s parents are forced to sell her best friend, Sheba the elephant, to a travelling circus. Sophie abandons her dreams of becoming a dancer in order to get Sheba back. She charms her way into a summer job where her natural performing ability and special bond with Sheba is recognized by the circus owner.
As she falls in love with Blake, a fellow circus artist, Sophie comes to understand that in order for Sheba to be happy she must be sent home to Africa to live as nature had intended.