The Characters of the story includes: Mr and Mrs Goodman, Steve, Charlie, and Tommy. The setting is in the late afternoon on Maple Street.
There was a sound and a streak of light that went across the sky. Their machines stopped working and the people started mission one another.
Tommy starts talking about what he thinks is happening from the comic books he has read. Mr. Goodman's car starts turning on and off, which, makes people very suspicious. Also, Everybody hears footsteps coming from the woods, so Charlie quickly grabs his shotgun.
As the shadow comes out of the woods, Charlie quickly shoots. They realize that Charlie shot Peter VanHorn who was coming back from the street next to them with information. People became suspicious about Charlie after this tragic accident.
One house's lights began to flicker and the rest of the house's followed. Everyone started to panic and ran around chaoticly.
The people destroyed each other with their thoughts and prejudices. The alien's mission was successful.