Set in Melbourne and England at the end of the 19th 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 for him.  His uncontrollable spiritual energies and old fashioned chivalry clash with pre-1914 society.  When he is taken to his ancestral home in Somerset, he meets beautiful Sylvia Tunstall and his career temporarily reached the most promising heights. Yet the vulgarity of his social climbing Aunt Baba is that which unleashes the rebellion with which Dominic can really cause offense.