It is 1807 and Lieutenant Richard Sharpe, newly returned to England, is offered a new job: go to Copenhagen, help deliver a bribe and stop a war. It seems very easy. But the Danes possess a battle fleet that could replace every warship the French lost at Trafalgar and Napoleon's forces are gathering to take it.
In a shadowy war of spies and brutality, Sharpe is a sacrificial pawn. But sometimes pawns can change the game. When Sharpe discovers a traitor in their midst, he makes his own rules. As the city burns, he must protect a woman, hunt his enemy and stay alive.