Water for Elephants is a heart moving story told by an elderly Jacob Jankowski. He tells his story as he reminisces about his years and romance under the big top. Jacob had joined the circus out of necessity at a young age, and spent his life caring for the animals. The story is told in vivid detail. An abusive Owner, a beautiful showgirl, with a backdrop of exotic animals from Elephants to Lions. This is a beloved book and movie.