Επιστρέφοντας στο Γιορκσάιρ, ο Sharpe βρίσκει τον εαυτό του στη λάθος πλευρά των εργοδοτών και των διεφθαρμένων και της εκμετάλλευσης των εργαζομένων.
Napoleon has been exiled to Elba, the English have returned from the wars, and Major Richard Sharpe finds himself in a sort of exile to lead a company of Yorkshire Yeomen. His duties include protecting mill owners from restless workers who are on the verge of strike or outright revolt. Meanwhile, Sharpe’s faithless wife and her lover fall within range of Sharpe’s wrath. Sharpe, with his two of his devoted Chosen Men nearby, must decide whether to continue to protect the mill owners or to take the side of their fiercely downtrodden workers.