At the beginning of The Outsiders, we are introduced to the narrator, Ponyboy. He goes toa movie with his friends Johnny and Two-Bit. They meet Cherry Valance and her friend Marcia. When Two-Bit leaves and Dally comes to the movie, Ponyboy and his friends offer to walk the girls home. Cherry and Marcia get picked up by their boyfriends while walking with the boys. Because they are part of rival gangs, Greasers and Socs, Cherry and Marcia's boyfriends come back to beat them up.
When they try to drown Pony in the fountain, Johnny kills Cherry's boyfriend, Bob. Johnny and Pony go hide out in an abandoned church, but it burns down. When it is burning down, Johnny and Pony save several children. Johnny is severely hurt and Dally is hurt pretty bad. Ponyboy gets burned a bit, but is fairly okay. They are rushed to the hospital.
After Johnny, Dally, and the Greasers win a fight against the Socs, they speed over to Johnny in the hospital. When they arrive, they witness Johnny dying. This completely breaks Dally, because Johnny is the only person Dally has ever loved.
Dally then goes and robs a grocery store and aims a gun at a police officer, knowing he will be shot and killed. Dally doesn't want to live without Johnny. The Greasers start to come together more, but Pony's grades are dropping. Ponyboy is also nervous to go to court.
In court, Ponyboy is declared innocent and he gets to stay with his family. The Greasers become more compassionate and grateful. Ponyboy's teacher tells him how low his grades are. The teacher says that Pony can only pass his class if he does well on the final writing project. The book starts exactly how it ends and we conclude that Ponyboy's paper is the book "Outsiders."
My favorite part is when Ponyboy hugs Sodapop and Darry when they see him in the hospital. Ponyboy usually just hugs Soda, so this is a very sentimental part. The book shows how much Pony loves his brothers.