When two creative minds work together, sometimes styles can clash and almost end something wonderful. Gilbert and Sullivan had become famous, but in this biographical movie, Princess Ida had just been given mediocre reviews. Sullivan wants to be more creative, and he feels he is being stifled by Gilbert's lack of originality. After being persuaded by his wife to look at a Japanese art exhibit, Gilbert became creatively inspired, and between he and Sullivan, the wildly successful Mikado was written. This story is about the making of the play with its pitfalls and successes.