It's a beautiful day in late summer on Maple street when suddenly a roar and a flash of light go by. It grabs everyone's attention. There is lots of confusion and no one knows what is going on. Everyone suspects it is a meteor that came very close to them and Mrs. Brand says "Too close for my money! Much too close." Then suddenly all power goes out!
"What was that? A meteor?
"That's what it looked like. I didn't hear any crash though, did you?"
The residents on Maple Street see a stange, dark figure walking towards them. Earlier Tommy put the idea into everyone that there could be aliens amongst them. Therefore thinking the figure was an alien Charlie grabs a shotgun and kills the mysterious figure. The figure turns out to be Pete Van Horn returning from seeing if the power was out on Floral Street.
"you were so quick to kill, Charlie"
"But...but I didn't know who he was. I certainly didn't know who he was. Hecomes walkin' out of the darkness - how am I supposed to know who he was?'
"You killed him, Charlie. You shot him dead!"
"Their world is full of Maple Streets. And we'llgo from one to the other and let them destroy themselves. One to the other...oneto the other...one to the other--"
In the end there is actually aliens amongst the human race and they plan on taking over the world. They believe this is possible because their is many streets like Maple Street and it is very easy to use fear against people. Fear definitaly can make people do irrational things. The residents on Maple Street need to realize that their biggest enemy is themelves.