Pyrennees, September 1813
Lost in the Spanish hills, Sharpe's men come across the attacked remains of
an English wagon train and then the sacked village of Casa Antiga. They
find out that both were attacked by the Wolf Brigade, named
after their commander, Brig. Gen. Guy Loup.
Meanwhile, Wellington has been given the Royal Irish Company,
led by their colonel, Lord Kiely, the palace guard of King
Ferdinand VII of Spain. They are
raw troops and of little use, so Wellington posts them next to the French lines
and tasks Sharpe with knocking them into shape. He believes they will desert,
and the sooner the better.
Sharpe starts to teach them how to fight, and sure enough, the desertion starts. Intent
on retrieving some ammunition captured by Loup from the wagon train, Sharpe and
Kiely go to the town where Loup is based. They are attacked, losing many
men. They also find the bodies of their deserters that have been butchered
Lord Kiely invites Sharpe to dinner. Also at the table are Kiely's wife
and a Spanish partisan, Dona Juanita, who is Kiely's lover. After the dinner,
Lady Kiely begs Sharpe to persuade her husband to end the affair.
attacks at night and a fearsome battle ensues. The Irish Company fights
him off, and Sharpe wants to follow through with a counter-attack. Lady
Kiely reveals to her husband that she is pregnant and he sends her home to safety. Instead,
she is captured by Loup. Sharpe attacks Loup's town, but they ready for
him. He has been betrayed.
|[Perkins is badly
Perkins: [sobs] Sorry, Sarge!
Patrick Harper: You're gonna be all right, lad.
Perkins: Dan! Dan! Give me a tune, Dan!
Hagman: [sings] O'er the hills, and o'er the main, to Flanders,
Portugal and Spain, King George commands and we obey...
Perkins: [sobs] Mother!
Patrick Harper: She's with ya, lad! Mothers never leave you!
Perkins: [sobbing] I'm sorry, Sarge...
Patrick Harper: Oh, my God...
Oh, my God... Nobody touches O'Rourke! That bastard's mine