with little knowledge of the plotting of the vengeful Sergeant Hakeswill as money and patronage protect him from anything Hakeswill or anyone else can throw at him. Sharpe is in for a fight. The only cure is quinine which is in short supply. Once there, they obtain all the money and start spending. Sharpe's animosity towards the French woman who tried to kill him is obvious and intimidates Lucille at first. Sharpe and his handful of Riflemen are drafted into yet another mission for the shady British spymaster to unravel the mystery of the stolen love letters penned by the British Ambassador, Henry Wellesley, to his mistress. Along the way they come upon an East India Company baggage train, also making its way to Calcutta. Sharpe shoots one pursuer and corners the other whom he recognises as Matt Truman. On the battlefield, Calvet realises he is losing, as the British gain ground, and Ducos is ordered away with Napoleon's treasure. Determined not to see his regiment die, Sharpe returns to England and uncovers a nest of well-bred, high-ranking traitors, any one of whom could utterly destroy his career with a word, or a stroke of the pen. Lady Kiely reveals to her husband that she is pregnant and he sends her home to safety. Maquerre is reluctant, saying his mother and sister had turned it over to Napoleon, so it must be captured. Sharpes Company Siege of Badajoz 1812 The siege and storming of Ciudad Rodrigo is over and the city is being sacked while Sharpe worries over his fate now that Lawford has been carried from the breach after losing an arm. Sharpe and Harper are sent back to England to find replacements and save the regiment. Calvet plan to capture Wellington's intelligence chief, Maj. Kelleher Hagman: John Tams Harris: Jason Salkey Sharpes Mission Pyrenes 1813 Wellington 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 asks him to watch over Jane while he is away. Rossendale and Jane are also there to view a property that Rossendale has inherited.