We learn about Pony and his gang, the Greasers. We also learns about the ongoing rivalry between the Greasers and Socs. The Greasers are poor and the Socs are rich, this story takesplace in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Greasers and Socs were always fighting which led to a lot of problems as the story begins to fold.
Then, Johnny and Ponyboy get beat up by some Socs in the park. Bob (a Soc) tried to drown Ponyboy, but instead Bob was killed by Johnny, because of all of this Ponyboy and Johnny had to hide in an abandoned church.
When they were on there way home Ponyboy and Johnny noticed that the churh they hid at was on fire and there was children inside, so they went in and saved them and got out just in time but Johnny had major injuries. So eventually he passes away and his final words were "Stay gold Ponyboy".
The Greasers and Socs get into a giant fight and Dally gets shot after robbing a store and Ponyboy suffered from a concussion during this.
Pony boy is traumatized by everything that has happened. He started a school assignment on writing about everything that happened.