A Difficult Young Man is the second of Martin Boyd's novels dealing with the Anglo-Australian family, the Langtons. Set around Melbourne and in England at the end of the nineteenth century, the 'difficult young man' is Dominic, grandson of Alice and Austin, and older brother of the narrator, Guy Langton. Intense, proud and handsome, Dominic is considered eccentric by those who have no sympathy with him. When Dominic is taken to his ancestral home in Somerset, he meets the beautiful Sylvia Tunstall and his career temporarily reaches its most promising heights. Yet, ironically, it is the vulgarity of his social-climbing Aunt Baba that unleashes the forces of rebellion with which Dominic can make his greatest affront.