Maple Street U.S.A., in a small town with tree lined streets. There is houses with porches where the people sit or swing on gliders. It was a normal day until, at 6:43 PM there was a loud noise and a tremendous flash and what people thought was a meteor.
After the flash was over the power was out and there was no radio signal. Two of the characters, Charlie and Steve, are going to leave when Tommy, teenage boys stops them and says that the people in the meteor don't want them to leave. He also tells the people that in a comic book he read the aliens sent aliens that looked like humans first. After he says that everyone tries to find a scapegoat.
It's not me! It's the boy! It's Charlie!
When they were searching for a scapegoat Steve tries to start his car and can not. Les Goodman also tries to start his car and it will not. When he gets out of the car the car miraculously starts, and everyone starts to accuse Les for being the alien. After a little while, the people also accuse Steve for having a radio that he works on at night that no one has ever seen.
After they were done accusing Steve, everyone sees a figure walking down the road. Don Martin, one of he neighbors brings a shotgun and charlie takes it and shoots the figure. When they go to look at the figure it turns out to be Pete Van Horn a neighbor that left to see if the other streets had power.
After Pete was shot everyone accuses Charlie of being the alien since he was so quick to kill and was also very accusatory of other people. All of the people chase Charlie back to his house and some of them were even throwing rocks at him. Charlie eventually was able to say who he thought it was and everyone went after Tommy, since that was who Charlie thought it was.
After Tommy is accused, the entire street starts to fight and is engulfed in chaos. The figures causing the experiment talk about