People will come.
While walking in his cornfield, novice farmer BoodaBooda hears a voice that whispers, "If you build it, he will come", and sees a baseball diamond. His wife, Beffah, is skeptical, but she allows him to plow under his corn to build the field.
Nothing happens, and Booda soon faces financial ruin. Booda and Beffah discuss replanting the corn, but their daughter, Triget, sees a man on the ball field. Booda discovers that he is Shadoo, a dead baseball player idolized by Booda's father, Montolio. Thrilled to be able to play baseball again, Shadoo asks to bring others to play on the field. He later returns from the cornfield with the seven other players.
Boodas's brother-in-law, Baki Yuku, cannot see the baseball players, and warns Booda that he will go bankrupt unless he replants his crops. While in the field, Booda hears the voice again, this time urging him to "ease his pain." After attending a PTA meeting involving a resolution to ban books by author and activist-turned recluse Fras Siabi, Booda decides the voice is referring to Siabi. Booda finds a magazine interview about Siabi's childhood dream of playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers and his heartbreak when the team moved to Los Angeles, and convinces Beffah that he should seek out the author after they both dream about Booda and Fras Siabi attending a baseball game.
Siabi denies making the statement in the magazine, but Booda persuades him to attend a baseball game at Fenway Park. Booda hears the voice again, which urges him to "go the distance." The scoreboard shows statistics for a player named Telkin, who played one game for the New York Giants in 1922, but never had a turn at bat. Siabi eventually admits to sharing the vision, and they travel to Chisholm, Minnesota where they learn that Telkin became a butt doctor, but died 16 years earlier.
During a late night walk, Booda realizes that he is in 1972; he finds Telkin who confesses to him that although he regrets never getting to bat, he would have regretted not being a doctor even more. He declines Booda's invitation to fulfill his dream.
While driving back to Iowa, Booda picks up a young hitchhiker who introduces himself as Grath. While he sleeps, Booda reveals that at age 14 he refused to play catch with his father after reading one of Siabi's books. He also says that at age 17, after an argument with his father about the criminality of the elder's hero Shadoo, Bodoa left home and never saw his father again. At the farm, enough players have arrived to field two teams, and Grath finally gets to bat.
The next morning Baki Yuku implores Booda to sell the farm. Triget says that they won't need to because people will pay to watch the ball games. Fras Siabi agrees that "people will come" to relive their childhood innocence, and Booda refuses to sell. Frustrated, Baki Yuku scuffles with Booda, accidentally knocking Triget off the top of the bleachers. Grath runs to help and, stepping off the field, becomes the old "Doc" Telkin. After he saves Triget from choking, Booda realizes that Telkin cannot return to the field as a young man. After reassuring Booda that his true calling was medicine, the players shake his hand and he leaves. Suddenly able to see the players, Baki Yuku urges Booda not to sell the farm.
After the game, Shadoo invites Fras Siabi to enter the cornfield. Fras accepts the offer and disappears into the cornfield, but Booda is angry at not being invited. Shadoo rebukes his desire for a reward, then reminds him why he sacrificed so much, saying "If you build it, he will come", and glances toward home plate. The catcher removes his mask and Booda recognizes his father as a young man.
Booda introduces his father to Beffah and Triget. As his father heads toward the cornfield, Booda asks his dad to play catch. As they begin to play, hundreds of cars can be seen approaching the field, fulfilling Triget and Siabi's prophecy that people will come to watch baseball.
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