Joe Exotic, the gun-toting operator of an Oklahoma big cat park, is accused of hiring someone to murder his chief rival, Carole Baskin.
Subjected to long hours, little or no pay and the whims of eccentric bosses, some big cat park employees are just cogs in a web of personality cults.
An incident in Carole's past casts her in a suspicious light, and Joe is all too happy to point the finger at her, even while she maintains her innocence.
Joe seeks to become an internet and TV star, but a mysterious fire and lawsuit threaten his plans until an angel investor appears.
As Joe dives into politics, he deals with tumult and tragedy in his personal life; the dynamics at the park change with the new owners.
James Garretson makes a shocking claim about Joe, leading to FBI involvement; a desperate Joe thinks Jeff and James have set him up.
Joe faces the music in the courtroom but insists the story is far from over; Jeff's prospects crumble; former G.W. Zoo workers try to move on.