A father and son are in search of a pumpkin. They get to a roadside pumpkin patch where they pull up in the car and see another car there with the driver door open. A little boy (the same age as the son) is in the passenger side and the father is not in sight. -- He is dealing drugs inside. This story is a juxtaposition of the "best" and "worst" father figures. Nicky - the good dad's son picks a small red pumpkin because he doesn't want it cut up. His dad tells him to pick a better one.
"Then he went back again into the world of pumpkins, looking for the one that would best suit his unknown purposes."
This story, like so many other good ones, goes beyond the plot to expound a moral through a story.