The long-awaited twenty-first novel in the number one bestselling series featuring Richard Sharpe.A welcome return to Richard Sharpe finds him fighting his old enemies, the French, at the extraordinary battle of Barossa in 1811.Sharpe has been sent by Wellington on a mission to Cadiz, now the capital of Spain, to rescue the British ambassador - who happens to be Wellington's brother - from a spot of undiplomatic trouble. The city has been blockaded by the French but is supported by the British from the sea. It contains a rare mix of pro- and anti-British Spanish, diplomats, courtiers, adventurers and spies. Sharpe's mission - complicated, undercover and political - turns out to be completely different from the one on which he was sent. It brings him through the besieging enemy army to triumph in the battle of Barossa where the British, deserted by their allies, defeat the overwhelmingly stronger French force.