PSYCHEDELIC-40 was PSI-40, the drug that gave The Syndicate its power and the people their pleasure. The Syndicate was a group of Specials, ruthless men with super-intellects, who with PSI-40 could probe the minds of friend and foe alike - and even control lesser minds at will. The people lived for the joys of the vacation colonies where they played orgiastically with liquor, sex, and best of all, PSI-40, which brought them drugged dreams of impossible sensuality. Kemp Powell was a Special whose super-super-intellect didn't require PSI-40. Powell wouldn't join The Syndicate, so they marked him for death!