Light Yagami is a 17-year-old genius from Japan who is tired of his life, school, and the state of the world as he knows it. One day, on the way home from class, Light stumbles upon a dark notebook with "Death Note" written on the front. Intrigued by its appearance, Light reads the first few sentences, only to find out that anyone whose name is written in the notebook will die. Discarding it as a joke, Light continues his daily activities. Soon after though, his human curiosity gets the better of him and this prompts Light to try the notebook, discovering the truth behind its claims. Now, with the power of God in his hands, Light Yagami is on a quest to change the world by punishing criminals and making the world a better place. This won't be easy however, as a genius detective known as "L", is on the case to hunt down this murderous vigilante.