These are the greasers. They live in Ohio were the community is split based on social class. The Socs are richer than the greasers and give them a hard time because of it.
One day while Ponyboy and Johnny are in a fight with some Socs, Johnny kills a Soc to save Ponyboy’s life. When he does this they know they have to leave.
After they have spent some time away from Ohio, they decide to come back. While heading back they notice a church burning and realize that they started that fire. Johnny followed by Ponyboy run to save the kids in the fire against Dally’s words. This proves that Johnny and Ponyboy are heroes.
After the church fire Johnny is badly injured. He dies a hero, but it causes Dally to go crazy.
After Dally goes crazy he Robbs a grocery store and gets shot bu the police. Although he got shot, Ponyboy knows that he wanted to die.
In the end Ponyboy reflects on he past few days and the society around him while writing a book about it.