Reich claimed to discover a palpable sexual energy, which he called “Orgone.” Reich was forced to move to America in 1939. In America, Reich founded Orgonon, a commune/laboratory located in Rangely, Maine. There he continued his research into Orgone energy. Reich claimed the energy was a panacea and was determined to prove it to the world. Soon afterward, he was abruptly persecuted by the United States government. Reich tells the story of a man who lived with unwavering conviction in his beliefs and shows the danger and tragedy that can arise from such conviction.
In issue #11, Reich refuses to comply with the terms of the government injunction against him, insisting that government organizations have no authority over scientific progress. His antagonistic and abusive behavior toward his wife continues, forcing her to leave him once and for all, taking their son, Peter, with her. Meanwhile, he continues his experiments with his “cloudbuster” machines, travels to Arizona to establish Little Orgonon and attempt to control the weather, and coldly turns away an old friend in need of help. At the end of this installment, Reich has moved to Washington, D.C., to conduct atmospheric research and be with a new lover; ominously, however, he has had a complaint filed against him for contempt of injunction. A court date is set, and Reich realizes that there may be no way to escape his fate.