The citizens of Maple Street saw a streak of light in the sky. They said it "looked just like a meteor."
Tommy told a story about a book he read. This got everyone flustered. He said that it wasn't a meteor, but that it was a space craft with aliens that looked like humans, but they weren't. All they wanted to do is shut off all of the power and let everyone cause destruction to themselves.
Mr. Goodman's car started and everyone suspected him to be the alien that looked like a human. They rush up to confront him as a mob.
At this moment everyone was confused and scared. Then they heard foot steps and saw a shadowy figure approaching them. Charlie, the scaredest of them all, shot the figure and it ended up being Peter Van Horn.
Everyone starts throwing things at Charlie because of him shooting Peter. But just then, Charlie said that Tommy was the alien because he knew what was coming because of the book that he read to everyone, so Tommy was now the alien to everyone. Now that Tommy was the "alien" he was getting things thrown at him.
They gave up on chasing Tommy, but then they saw that the power was flickering on and off on some houses. They were not pleased with this. The houses that were flickering, they threw rocks at.