Walking home after seeing a movie a red corvair follows a Ponyboy. After getting followed the soc's hop out and jump Ponyboy.
Ponyboy,Dally,and Johnny go to the drive in and meet Cherry,a soc,after a while Pony tells Cherry about Johnny's jumping. After the movie Pony and his friends walked the girls home, then they find a lot about each other. Out of nowhere socs come and try to start trouble. Pony goes home late and Darry slaps him.
After running away a blue mustang full of soc's find Pony and Johnny and jump them,then Johnny kills Bob to protect Pony. They went to Dally and he gave them clothes,money and a heater,and a hide out. Pony and Johnny cut their hair and Pony dyes his. Dally visits and they get something to eat then a fire starts. They go to the church and they hop out and save the kids trapped inside,and Johnny ends up in the hospital.
Johnny still in critical condition, the boys are viewed as heroes. At Tasty Freeze Randy the soc talks to Pony. Two-Bit and Pony visit Johnny. Pony doesn't feel good about the rumble, then Cherry comes and explains the rules to Two-Bit, and Pony then she talked to Pony. Later that day at night they went to the rumble and won, then Dally and Pony tell Johnny then he dies.
Pony tells the others about Johnny, Dally robs a store, cops came and Dally pulled his heater out and the cops shoot him to death. Pony passes out then he wakes up the next day and he went to the court with his brothers. Pony aqquitted and sent home, when he remembered everything he had trouble readjusting his life. Pony had to make a theme his teacher assigned him, while thinking of something Pony opens Gone With The WInd and finds a letter, then he started writing about his life experience.
Pony realizes people are too quick too judge and that greasers and soc's aren't all that different. Johnny taught everyone that life goes on and too quickly, so enjoy it while you can.