Ponyboy had slept in the lot with johnny but then woke up in a panic to get home since in was late already. But when he got home Soda and Darry were waiting for him, Darry got angry that he was out this late and punched Pony, which caused him to run out of the house as soon as it happened. Pony and Johnny ran to a nearby park and talked for a while.
After Pony and Johnny talked for a while, a blue mustang pulled up next to them. It was a car full of SOCS . The SOCS beat up Pony and Johnny repeatedly after they start to retaliate. The SOCS end up putting Pony's head into a water fountain and kept him there. Johnny reacted to this by killing Bob before they could kill Pony.
Pony had woke up after a bit to find that there were no more SOCS trying to drown him, and also found out Johnny had killed Bob with his switchblade. He told Pony that he killed Bob because they were about to kill him . They needed to find Dally because he would know what to do. They go to Dally's friends house since they know he was there.
After they arrive at Dally's friends house they requested to see Dally, but they had to wait since Dally was "busy" When Dally finally shows up , he pulled them in after noticing that Pony was soaking wet. After explaining what happened, Dally gave the boys $50, a loaded gun, and to go to a abandoned church in Windrixville and wait for him.
Johnny and Pony catch a train to Windrixville and ride till they get to an open field by the church, they jump off and make their way up to the abandoned church. They get to the church and end up cutting and dying their hair so people don't notice them in the town. They stay in the church for a couple days, lasting on boloney.
Dally arrives and tells them what is going on back at home, Dally decides to take the boys to go eat. But when they were done eating and were heading back up to the church, the church was going up in flames. When they get to the church they found out children were inside, they ran in to save them. They save the kids but get injured in process.