Seventeen-year-old Martina has a paralyzing fear of heights, which prevents her from fulfilling her father’s wish that they perform a tightrope act together. As she is quite taken with the black panthers in the circus, as well as their trainer Dittrich, she decides to be an animal trainer instead.
Martina begins an apprenticeship, training secretly at night and waiting for the best time to finally showcase her talents. When Dittrich is threatened by the panthers during a circus act, she jumps into the ring to help him.
This Babelsberg circus film is filled with sensational, first-class performances.