It is the spring og 1809 and a small British army is stranded when the French invade nothern Portugal. Sharpe is cut off and tries to fight his way back to the British lines but instead is led into treacherous danger.
when the future Duke of wellington arrives to take command, he immediately mounts his own counter-attack. Sharpe becomes the hunter instead of the hunted. Amidst the wreckage of a defeated army, in the storm lashed hills of the Portuguese frontier, Sharpe takes a terrible revenge.