In The Red Convertible, by Louise Erdrich, the conflict is the relationship between Lyman, the narrator and Henry, his brother. Before Henry went off to war, the brothers were close but when he returned, he had changed, and Lyman was unable to recapture that old relationship.
The story begins with the purchase of the car. It then shifts to a summer when the brothers went on a road trip. The statement "we took off driving all one whole summer Â makes the shift in time clear. The story then moves to Henry's return