This Sharpe-novel, as many others, begins with a battle scene: Sharpe, by now a staff officer of General Nairn, is present at (and participates in) the final battle before the capture of Toulouse. Soon after the allies learn that Napoleon actually abdicated two days earlier in Paris, and the Peninsular war has ended. Sharpe, at first, is glad and relieved: the years begin to take their toll, as a married man he feels more reluctant than before to risk life and limb, and he yearns to settle in rural England to live of the king's ransom he secured after the battle of Vitoria.
However, things soon take a turn for the worse when Sharpe is wrongfully accused not only of having stolen Napoleon's personal treasure which the new French government is eager to retrieve, but of having murdered the sole witness. So Sharpe must escape, and as a fugitive for both the English and French authorities find out who's behind the scheme that could cost him his life.
Because of the sheer number of comparable novels Cornwell has written it might seem almost normal that, yet again, this is a superb adventure novel, perhaps one of the best in the entire series, and of a quality many other authors never or rarely achieve. The plot is extremely well done, with Sharpe at first groping in the dark to find out who's out to get him, and when he does discover the culprit he makes it absolutely clear that no one crosses Major Richard Sharpe and gets away with it.
And now, sadly, there's only "Sharpe's Waterloo" left for me to read!