This is Ponyboy. He is the main character in the book. He is apart of the gang called the Greasers and they don't get along with the other gang called the Socs.
The rising action is when is when Ponyboy comes home late and Darry (his older brother) gets so mad that he slaps him which makes Ponyboy run away.
Ponyboy and his friend Johnny run to the fountain where they stop to take a rest when some Socs show up. One of the Socs trys to drown Ponyboy in the fountain when Johnny stabs the Soc to save his friends life, which kills the Soc.
That is when they show up to another one of the Greasers houses to try and help them run away so that they don't get caught by the cops. They guy that helped them is named Dally.
In the end, the boys decide to turn themselves in, but during that process the church that Johnny and Ponyboy were staying in caught on fire so the boys including Dally decide to save the little kids that were inside of it. Johnny dies from that and Dally dies because he got shot by a police because he stole.
My favorite part is when Ponyboy and Johnny have a fun time with these two girls that they met. But this does lead to the Socs and the boys fight.