A neo-noir thriller that pits a high-functioning autistic hotel clerk against a small army of colorful crooks, hustlers and opportunists. Manfred De Silva (Lou Diamond Phillips) is a man in search of a new beginning. Newly released from the mental institution to which he was committed after killing his girlfriend and her lover in a fit of jealous rage, he finds employment at the rundown El Cortez hotel in downtown Reno. The job suits him: He likes meeting people, he likes helping out, and he likes the predictable routine of answering phones, sweeping hallways and emptying ashtrays. He doesn't like surprises and he doesn't like scenes they disrupt his equilibri...