A meteor flies through the sky above Maple Street. Everyone is dumbfounded as the flying bolt soars by. Steve stands with his hose, looking up at the sky. And so is everyone else.
"He's killed Pete Van Horn!"
Tommy claims that aliens may be amongst them. His mother scolds him and says he's been reading too many science fiction books. Yet everyone gets suspicious of one another.
Everyone begins to accuse each other of being an alien. Pete Van Horn had gone to check on the other streets power. Everyone is accused of something; such as Les Goodman for having insomnia or Steve for having a ham radio.
As Pete Van Horn returns, Charlie thinks he is an alien so he shoots him. Pete collapses and the townspeople gather to see who he is really. Charlie is shocked realizing he has just shot Pete Van Horn.
Everyone begins to fight one another. Fighting, accusing, and destroying each other. This is the most suspenseful moment in the story.
As the aliens stand above, watching the town, one points out how they will react to a simple power outage. The aliens reveal their plan to continue this process upon other Maple Streets and watch as everyone turns against each other.