After a harrowing chase through the narrow alleys of Madwand, a lovely, dark-skinned woman collapses in the arms of a stranger. When she awakens, she has no memory of her identity. To her dismay, she discovers she is Venom, a notorious pirate and murderer whose reputation for torture and cruelty has been written in blood throughout the known world. Appalled at her past, she dedicates what is left of her life to making amends before she is escorted to a likely execution. But Venom soon finds herself working against the devilish machinations of her former conspirators. She is aided by a half-elf named Ellianora who claims to be a simple minstrel but is hiding a dark secret. Joining their mission is Terrell, a bookworm priest with perfect recall; Zaphrina, a talented, but unschooled mage; and Venom's eager would-be arrestor, Gasqule. On their quest to defeat the dreaded Scarlet Coalition, Venom is surprised as she and her companions form an unlikely bond of trust and friendship. Will their loyalty hold long enough for Venom to succeed in her quest to right her wrongs? And what will become of her if they do succeed?