After a restless night HE is awoken by his doorbell insistently ringing. Through the peephole he sees a STRANGER. He doesn't know why that man is there, but is immediately certain of one thing: he represents a terrible threat. HE quickly dresses and manages to sneak away, no doubt in his mind that the STRANGER is pursuing him, and that the nightmare has only just begun.
Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose.
Upon learning that he has to come out of retirement to steal 50 cars in one night to save his brother Kip's life, former car thief Randall "Memphis" Raines enlists help from a few "boost happy" pals to accomplish a seemingly impossible feat.