It was a hard winter. For Richard Sharpe it was the worst he could remember. He had lost his command to a wealthy man - a man with money to buy the promotion Sharpe coveted. And from England came his oldest enemy - the ruthless, indestructible Hakeswill - utterly intent on ruining Sharpe.
But Sharpe is determined to change his luck. And the surest way is to lead the bloody attack on the impregnable fortress town of Badajoz, a road to almost certain death - or unimagined glory...
"Brilliant...Sharpe is a great creation"