All of the characters are introduced: Pony Boy, Soda Pop, Johnny, Dally, etc.
The Socs come to the fountain and hold PonyBoy's head under water. After he passes out, he wakes up to Bob on the ground as Johnny has stabbed him
The boys drive past the chhurch and notice it is on fire. They assume it was caused by a cigarette bud not put out. They run inside and help the children who are inside.
Sadly Johnny dies from the injuries due to the fire in the church. A large metal frame fell on him while he was saving Pony boy.
After a big fight with he Soc's, Dally and Pony boy hurry to the hospital to go see Johnny but find out he is dying. Soon he dies and due to this Dally looses his cool and robs a grocery store and the cops are looking for him. They shoot him as he is running away from them and he dies.
Pony boy learns what is means to 'stay gold' after reading the letter from Johnny. He realises that he can't let everything that has happened in his life harden him.