On the American street of Maple Street, a large blast is heard. The lights malfunction and go out. Some people think that it was a meteor.
Tommy, a young resident of the street, claims that there are aliens that are causing this commotion. Nobody takes him seriously at first. Tommy isn't very phased by this
Les Goodman's car starts up, and everyone grows suspicious as to why his car is the only mechanical thing able to turn on. The citizens all accuse him of having some sort of relation to the "aliens". One of the residents of the street point out how Goodman goes outside in the middle of the night, however this was merely Les Goodman having insomnia.
Some of the street's residents point out how Steve works on a radio set in his garage. Moreover, They say that he's communicating with alien life. Steve denies this.
In fear of an approaching dark figure, Charlie shoots Pete Van Horn. Charlie tries to defend his actions. After all of this, everyone starts fighting each other.
It is revealed that while extraterrestrial life is involved, their goal is to make everyone right each other and kill their race with their own fear. These people will blame each other instead of cooperating. This will cause the end of mankind, the aliens imply.