Ponyboy walks home from the movies and gets jumped by the Socs because he is a Greaser. A greaser is a low to working class citizen. His brothers and the rest of the greasers come and save him. His brothers, Soda and Darry, take care of him because their parents had died in a car crash.
Ponyboy and his friend Johnny run away because Darry had been mad at PB for getting home late. They go to a park. At the park, Socs show up and try to drown PB. Johnny the kills the Soc the tried to drown Ponyboy(Bob). They run away to a church in a nearby town with the help of Dally.
Ponyboy and Johnny hideout in the church for a few days. PB and J cut their hair with supplies that J gets at a store. Ponyboy has self-pride issues. Dally shows up and takes them to town to eat. They try to head back to town when they see the church on fire. They go inside and rescue kids inside. Johnny and Dally get hurt.
The bystanders rush the boys to the hospital. Ponyboy and Dally are okay. Johnny has a broken back. Ponyboy returns home and gets ready for the Soc-Greaser rumble. After the rumble they go see Johnny. Johnny dies while PB abd D are there. Dally bolts out of the hospital.
Ponyboy comes home and tells the others about Johnny. Dally calls. He says that he needs cover because he robbed a store and the poice are after him. Dally gets shot and dies.
Ponyboy has a concussion. He gets better and goes back to school. He cannot focus because of the losses of his friends. He has to write and essay. He writes it on the past weeks.