Three years previously Sharpe has been on a scouting party with Major Brand whose heroics found him promoted to Colonel. Now Sharpe is reunited with Brand,leader of a commando force,to go behind enemy lines and destroy a French gunpowder store. Also along are Major-General Ross,Wellington's head of intelligence,the disfigured explosives expert Major Pyecroft and Pyecroft's gypsy lover Zara,whom he rescued when a band of masked men killed her family. In fact Brand is leading them into a trap to capture Ross as he is a French spy and traitor,responsible for the deaths of Zara's family. Sharpe and Ross have their suspicions,which are confirmed after Brand's sergeant Pope tries to kill Zara.The fort is taken and Brand court-martialled and killed in a fight with Sharpe. The store is destroyed,thanks to Pyecroft. Back at camp a pretentious war reporter Shillington tries,unsuccessfully, to impress Jane with his poetry,though his sketches inadvertently help Sharpe to trap Brand. Written by
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When the Rocha fort blows up, look closely and you can see bits of masonry flutter to the ground showing it is not a real fort just a large set piece. See more
Sorry about keeping you from the rest of the camp. But I have my reasons.
No need to apologize, Sharpe. I'm used to being on my own.
[reveals that he brought along Pyecroft's beloved as a stowaway, to Pyecroft's surprise
Well you won't be on your own tonight.
...thank you Sharpe.
Follows Sharpe's Rifles
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