The story takes place on Maple Street, a typical small town in America. On this street, the residents see a flash of light, and believe it to be a meteor. A flash of light seem to make everything to stop working; cars, telephones, and radios.
As Steve and Charlie leave to check to see if the next block has power, Tommy stops them to tell that the aliens don't want them to leave and they are disguised as a regular human family.
As everybody waits for the power, they grow suspicious of one another for being an alien from outer space. A woman says that Les Goodman used to stare out into the sky at night and Les becomes a scapegoat.
As more silence comes upon the street, people stay put, and give dirty looks to one another.
As a mysterious black figure walks up to everyone while bunched together, Charlie hastily grabs a shotgun and shoots it, only finding out later that it was Pete Van Horn who checked to see if the next blocks power was on.
Chaos fall upon the street, people everywhere start pointing fingers at each other and with the intent of killing. On top of a hill are aliens who were the one that made people get suspicion of one another.