Upon Tristan's arrival to the Hotel Cortez, he begins an affair with Liz. They soon fall in love, even though Tristan belongs to the Countess. When Liz pleads with the Countess to let them be together, she kills Tristan.
Although Tristan dies in the hotel, Liz can't seem to find his spirit. He enlists the help of psychic medium, Billie Dean (Paulson) to contact him, but Tristan doesn't want to speak to her.
When Liz is diagnosed with cancer, she has her ghostly friends carry out a ritual mercy killing so she can live forever with them. After passing on to the other side, Tristan returns to her. He explains that he wanted her to let him go and live the rest of her life. Now that they're both dead, they can stay together for eternity in the Hotel Cortez.