marries his sweetheart, Jane Gibbons, but has to leave
her immediately to go on a dangerous mission in the Pyrenees,
to capture a French fort. While Sharpe is battling with
the French, his wife contracts a deadly fever which has
swept through the British camp and endangers her life.
Sharpe encounters his old enemy, Ducos and is compelled
to stay at the fort and fight for his country, knowing
that even if he survives he may never see his beloved bride