Venetica tells the tale of Scarlett, the secret daughter of Death. It happens that Death isn't an everlasting skeletal being but a common man elected by council whenever there's a vacancy, and when Victor, the next in line, begins to study necromancy and other evils (more evil than Death? Really?), he is thrown out and an opening is created. Scarlett, upon inheriting her father's powers, is the only person who can defeat the now undead Victor.