Sharpe's Company : Richard Sharpe has more to lose than ever. He has lost his command to a man who can afford to buy promotion. He has lost track of his woman, last seen fiercely fighting the French, and when his arch-enemy Sergeant Hawkeswill turns up, he is in danger of losing everything he has fought for. All roads that harsh winter seem to be leading to the impenetrable fortress of Badajoz. Determined to fight and win, Sharpe volunteers fr the Forlorn Hope, a suicidally brave gesture, but in doing so he risks not only his own life but that of the few he has come to care about.