The story takes place on maple street on what seems to be a regular summer day Characters: Charlie, Steve, Tommy, Les goodman, The aliens, and the wives of each man.
A light and a bang caused by the aliens flew across the sky and caused the power to go out. After everyone realizes this Les goodmans car suspiciously turns on causing the towns people to suspect him of being something not of this world.
Tommy tells the people a comic book plot similar to their situation and slowly the people come to believe him. The town people start considering rational reasons why the power went out Les attempts to start his car. The car doesn't start and he walks to the crowd to ask what is happening. His car starts muracuously. As the towns people continue to suspect Les footstpes are heard and a showdowy figure appears.
Charlie shoots Pete Van Horn.
Everyone begins accusing each other. Chaos breaks out and they throw rocks and stones at windows of each others houses.
The people created a mass self destruction through their fear and the aliens mission had been completed