Ponyboy Curtis is walking home from a movie when a red Corvair filled with Socs start driving up the street. They all get out and jump Ponyboy. This is the beginning of the Greaser vs. Soc war.
Ponyboy and Johnny Go to Windrixville
Dally, Johnny, and Ponyboy sneak into a drive-in movie and meet Cherry Valence and Marcia. Dally begins to hit on Cherry, but she does not like that. Then, Ponyboy accompanies Cherry to the snack bar and tells her about Johnny getting jumped by Socs in the past. Cherry tell him that things are rough all over for them. Ponyboy returns home late and Darry is furious. This leads him to slap Ponyboy. Ponyboy runs away with Johnny to the park.
A couple of Socs find them there and try to start a fight. They try to drown Ponyboy in the fountain, but Johnny kills one of the Socs, causing the rest of the Socs to run. Johnny and Ponyboy try to find Dally and get help from him. Dally hands them money and a gun. He also tells them to take a train ride to Windrixville and find the abandoned church. That is where Ponyboy and Johnny will hide.
Ponyboy Learns a Lesson
The boys hop onto a train to Windrixville and get to the abandoned church. Dally visits them and they go driving around. Once they return to the church, the church is on fire with children in it! They decide to save the children, but Johnny gets seriously hurt and Dally & Ponyboy get minor injuries. They all go to the hospital. Dally and Johnny get admitted into the hospital. Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dally are considered heroes.
The day after Johnny and Dally are admitted in the hospital, the rumble between the Greasers and the Socs starts that night. Once the Socs arrive, the rumble begins. Everyone starts to find someone to fight with. This rumble ends with the Greasers winning. Ponyboy goes to the hospital to tell Johnny all about it. While he is telling the story, Johnny dies. The last thing Johnny said was, "Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold."
Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.
Ponyboy returns to his house and tells the gang that Johnny died and Dally disappears. He goes to rob a store and the police get involved. They chase him until they get to the park. Then, they shoot Dally. Dally dies and Ponyboy passes out from a concussion. A few days later, Ponyboy is asked to write a theme for his English class. He decides to write his theme based off of life experiences. Ponyboy realizes that people are too quick to judge and that the Greasers and Socs aren't all that different. Johnny teaches everyone that life goes on too quickly, so enjoy it while you can.