Ponyboy lives in Oklahoma in the 1960s. He is apart of the greasers against a rival gang the socs.
Bob and the soc's attack Ponyboy and Johnny in the park. Johnny kills Bob and the boys are on the run
Ponyboy and Johnny save kids from the church fire. The roof collapsed on Johnny, Ponyboy is on fire. They get rushed to the hospital.
Johnny is in critical condition at the hospital, the rumble (greasers vs socs) is happing. Dally broke out of the hospital to come and fight in the rumble.
Johnny dies, dally robs a grocery store and calls the guys to help him. the cobs finally catch up with him at the lot. Dally pulls out his gun that he has been carrying that isn't loaded but the cops don't know that. Dally wanted to die because johnny was the only thing Dally loved.
Johnny's case was dismissed, Sodapop and Ponyboy get to stay with Darry. Ponyboy isn't doing very well in school. Ponyboy decides that he would read gone with the wind. He finds a note from Johnny telling him to stay gold and Ponyboy decides to tell Johnny's story so he calls his English teacher and the book is his English paper.