It is 1893 and Antonin Dvorak, a well known Czechoslovakian composer, is invited to teach at the New York Conservatory. Along with his family, he spends one summer in Spillville, Iowa, hoping to find inspiration to write a new composition. The idyllic summer is disrupted by an unexpected visitor. When Anna Dvorak's sister, Josephine (a beautiful actress), arrives in Spillville, lives are turned upside down. Young love, mature love and illicit love are all part of the summer in A New World. Dvorak in America is based on melodies of Antonin Dvorak.