Our story begins at the end of Sharpe's Challenge. Sharpe and Harper are en route to Madras when they encounter a baggage train from the East India Company traveling through hostile territory. Chitu, a legendary bandit leader in control of the area, strikes fear in the members of the party. When an attack occurs Sharpe takes control of the situation, leading the group 300 miles through enemy territory and training the disorganized, rag-tag group to be proper soldiers. Despite all these responsibilities, Sharpe still manages to find time for a little romance...
Did You Know?
According to the chronology of the books Richard Sharpe was born in 1777 making him 41 in 1818, the year this story is set. Much has been made of Sean Bean looking too old but at the time of filming was 48 (49 at time of release), only 7 years older than Sharpe who, after over 20 years (he enlisted in his teens) of almost constant war would look considerably older than his 41 years. See more
When one of the Indian riders in the beginning slashes his sword against a villager's back, there is no blood on the blade afterwards, yet the villager falls as if killed. See more
Sooner an honest murderer, than a man should steal from his mates.
Over the Hills and Far Away
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