orders Sharpe to join the dashing colonel Brand on a
hazardous journey behind French enemy lines with the
aim of blowing up an ammunition store. Sharpe's wife
Jane becomes disillusioned with Sharpe's frequent absences.
Left behind in the camp, she warms to the attentions
of another admirer. Meanwhile, Sharpe is out in the mountains
and is dangerously outnumbered, with with the French
ranks closing in. He must risk his own life, however,
to confront a far deadlier enemy on his own side.