Posing as a deserter, Sharpe must penetrate into the Tippoos city to contact a Scottish spy held prisoner there. Success will mean winning his sergeant stripes, failure being turned over to the Tippoos brutal executioners, or his maneating tigers.
Most Americans know very little about the conquest of India by the British so these first volumes of Cornwell's Richard Sharpe series offer a glimpse into a a period of extraordinary achievement by the British. And as usual, Cornwell tells a very exciting story that is nearly impossible to put down. Frederick Davidson's reading of the book has a cultured diffidence that was initially off-putting, but the voices he uses for the various characters are so good that the overall experience of listening to his reading is a good one.