Yagami Light is an exemplary 17-year-old graduate whose exam scores are on the top of the ranking for all of Japan. Sitting at the lesson, he notices that something has fallen outside the window. At a break, he picks up a mysterious object and it turns out to be a black notebook with the inscription "Death Note". Inside was an instruction for use: "A person whose name will be written in a notebook will die." Having his views on the punishment system, Light decides to establish his own justice, use a notebook to "cleanse" the world from evil - to kill criminals. When the actions of Light become visible to the world government, the elusive “Kira” (as the world christened the new messiah, who decided to eradicate evil on the planet) follows a world-class detective who calls himself “L” who set himself the goal of exposing the killer. So begins one of the most psychological, tense and powerful confrontations in the history of Japanese manga, the greatest battle of wits.