In June, 1813, Wellington prepares for the invasion of France. Sharpe goes to England to recruit new soldiers for the South Essex, only to discover corruption in the highest ranks putting them at risk for assasination. The adventures of a maverick British officer who fights behind French lines in Spain and Portugal during the Napoleonic wars.
After returning from the war Sharpe is accused of stealing Napoleon's treasture, after being set up by his long-time enemy Ducos. He's abandoned by his wife, convicted of the crime, and sent to jail. He escapes to seek justice.