Ponyboy, Sodapop and Steve are on the way home, kicking rocks down the street, joking around and laughing.
Suddenly Steve noticed something lying on the ground. It turned out to be Johnny's blue-jeans jacket - the only one he had.
He picked it up and slung it over his shoulder, when he suddenly stopped and examined it more carefully. There were stains the color of rust all over and on the ground. Then they all heard a moan in the distance.
They all rushed towards the source of the sound, where they found a dark motionless hump. Johnny was lying face down on the ground.
Soda turned him over gently, and they all froze in horror. Johnny had been beaten half-to-death. His face was cut up, bruised and swollen, and there was a wide gash from his temple to his cheekbone.