Ponyboy is heading home from the movies one night, when a carful of socs aproach him, surrounding him. They almost kill him, but he yells and his brother, Darry and the gang come to his rescue.
After school the next day, Johnny and Pony go to a drive-in movie. When Dally starts hitting on some soc girls, Pony and Johnny stick up for the girls. The soc girls invite the two of them to sit next to them. But, the girls' boyfriends show up a bit later and take their girlfriends home, against their will.
The same socs that had jumped Ponyboy decided to try and kill him and Johnny. They were drunk and angry that Ponyboy and Johnny had stolen their dates earlier. Johnny ends up killing Bob after he tries to drown Ponyboy and the rest of the socs flee.
Johny and Ponyboy tell Dallas how Johnny had murdered Bob and that they needed help escaping. Dally gives them $50, a gun and a jacket. He also tells them to sneak on the train and take it until they come to the first town they come across and to stay in the church for a week until he comes to help them along further.
When Johnny and Ponyboy get to the church, Johnny buys some food and a few things to do. When Dally finally comes, they eat at a restaurant and talk about what to do. Johnny tells Dally that he wants to turn himself in. Dally gets angry and drives back home, but on the way, they see the church on fire. Johnny and Ponyboy leap out of the car and enter the church to save some kids that someone told them were trapped inside.
After the two of them rescue the kids, a beamfalls on Johnny and he gets severely injured. Ponyboy survives with only some minor burns. Dally knocks them unconcious and lets the nurses put them and himself in an ambulance. When Pony comes around, the doctors tell him that he's free to go, but that Dallas got his arm broken and that Johnny got a severe broken back.