36-year old Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) lives with his wife Annie (Amy Madigan) and daughter Karin on their Iowa corn farm. He constantly fears growing old without ever achieving anything. Walking through his cornfield one evening, he hears a voice whispering, "If you build it, he will come". He sees a vision of a baseball diamond in the cornfield and the great "Shoeless Joe" Jackson (Ray Liota) standing in the middle.
Ray believes if he builds a baseball field, Shoeless Joe, can play baseball again. Annie is skeptical but agrees to him plowing under part of their corn crop to build a baseball field knowing the financial hardship it will bring. As Ray builds the field, he tells Karin about the 1919 Black Sox Scandal. Several months pass, and just as Ray is beginning to doubt himself, a ball player appears one night, whom Ray recognises as Shoeless Joe.
Meanwhile, the voice returns and urges Ray to "ease his pain." But who's pain is he meant to ease?
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