In the exposition the main character Ponyboy is introduced along with his 2 brothers Sodapop and Darry and other characters like 2-bit, Johnny and Dallas. The exposition also introduces the 2 rival gangs the Greasers which aren't rich and for there money and that gang is what what Ponyboy and all the other charters that were introduced are in. The other gang the Socs are rich and they don't have to work for there money because there parents give them everything they want.
The conflict of the story is that the 2 rival gangs the Socs and the Greasers are at war.
In the rising action of the story one of the main character's Johnny gets jumped by the Socs leader Bob then after another encounter with Bob and the Socs Johnny kills Bob and now Johnny and Ponyboy are on the run. After that they lay low and accidentally burn down church and Johnny gets injured so bad he's in the hospital.
The climax of the story is that the Greasers and the Socs are gonna fight and this would end the war. The greasers won the fight but Johnny died and now that Johnny died Dally couldn't take it so he robbed a store then got killed by the police.
In the falling action of the story the Socs no longer jump the Greasers and everyone in the Greasers gang is now healing from the rumble. Ponyboy went to court because he witnessed the murder of Bob but all they asked was if he enjoyed living with Sodapop and Darry and he replied yes so it wasn't a problem.
In the resoultion of the story Ponyboy doesen't become tough which is what everyone was afraid was afraid of and he also starts to think abouts school again and decides to do essay about everything that happened to him.