The lure of the circus tempts every child, but what's the truth behind the glitter? Seldom do you come across insiders who have left the circus and are willing to tell their stories. In Women of Illusion, Donnalee Frega presents just such a tale as she narrates the fascinating story of one circus family, the Hubers. Just as the circus audience only sees the glitter and the smiles, the Huber family only exhibits a proud face. But there is a surprising reality underneath, covered by the perpetual re-creation of self and the manipulation of identity. Frega reveals what no ticket-buyer ever sees: a hard life punctuated by wandering, violence, and disaster, sometimes fatal. Drawing insightful conclusions on performance, identity, and image, Women of Illusion offers us a rare glimpse of life behind of the walls of the glittering Big Top.