It is 1814. Rumours abound that Napoleon has surrendered, been murdered or fled. But before the French are finally defeated and Sharpe can lay down his sword, one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war must be fought: the battle for the city of Toulouse.
But Sharpe's war is not the only battle. Accused of stealing Napoleon's treasure, Sharpe must discover the unknown enemy who has tried to frame him, and his revenge is ingenious and devastating.