If plot can be conceptualized as a chain of causally linked events, the protagonist’s stop at the wrong house is not quite connected to plot. It is not properly a link in a chain of causation. You might say that this wrong stop caused him to be disturbed, but he was already disturbed, and in fact there is a sense that his uneasiness is as much a cause as an effect of turning into the stranger’s driveway. The story too is in a strange driveway, off its main road.
They were travelers, coming from California and heading back toward Ohio. We talked about God for a little while, and I had a hard time following what the man was saying. I asked them what they thought about the whole border situation. The man looked at me and said he didn’t want to go all Nazi or anything, but it wasn’t anything a few machine guns couldn’t take care of. He wasn’t talking about the drug smugglers.