Ponyboy's gang is hard-working Darry Curtis who has no time for fun, the funny comedian Two-Bit Matthews always joking around, the rough and tough lawbreaking Dally Winston, Steve Randle who is Sodapop's best friend, the understanding brother of Ponyboy, the pet of the gang which is Johnny, and last is Ponyboy the youngest gang member. The gang comforts Ponyboy after he gets jumped by a groups of Socs for being a Greaser.
Ponyboy explains to Cherry Valance how Johnny got beat by a group of Soc. They beat him up pretty badly, they cut him and bruised him. This causes Ponyboy to think why are the Socs hurting them for and why can't they just leave them alone
Ponyboy running away because now is determined that Darry hates him because he slapped him in the face. Darry slapped him because Ponyboy came home early morning and worried him. Ponyboy and Johnny are going to the park to calm down.
While at the park, Bob and his other Soc friends start to drown Ponyboy, so Johnny kills Bob with a knife. After the murder, the boys go to Dally for help. He gives them money, a gun and other things and sends them off to the country to live in a church.
Ponyboy just found Johnny plans to stay in the old church forever. Ponyboy has cut his hair and bleached it blonde and Johnny cut his hair. Their hair is their pride. Then Ponyboy remembers a poem whch makes him want to go back and apologize to Darry and just go back to his family.
After Dally visits the boys, the church was on fire. Dally, Johnny and Ponyboy saved the children who were inside the burning church. Ponyboy and Dally survived but Johnny might have a broken back and might die.