ON quiet, suburban Maple Street, somehow in America, the inhabitants notice a meteor-like object fly overhead. After it passes, all electronics and electric go dead.
There was a streak of light and sound that went across the sky causing their machines to stop working and the people started accusing one another.
Pete Van Horn leaves to check the next block over. Mr. Goodman's car mysteriously starts, Everyone accuses him of being an alien. He becomes a suspect as attention is directed to the radio in the basement.
The mob sees a figure towards them. Charlie grabs a gun and accidentally shoot Van Horn, who has returns. Suddenly charlie's lights go on, and now he is the prime suspect.
Everyone is hysterical. Charlie screams that the real alien is Tommy, the young boy who knew the events before they happened.
In the end, aliens watch the town as it destroys itself. A simple trick by the aliens turned the residents against each other; they themselves were the monsters, not the aliens.