Ponyboy Curtis, the young member of a gang called the Greasers is leaving a movie theater when he gets jumped by the "Socs". luckily, the member of the Greasers come and save him. the next night, the whole gang go's to the theater
There they , meet 2 girl Pony makes friends with one of them, Serri Valance, though people call her to her bright orange hair. Pony and one of the other Greasers, Johnny stay at the theater later than the other along with the 2 girls. They start to walk home when Cherrys boy friend, bob, arrives.
bob, who is "Soc", doesn't seem happy to see his girlfriend with a Greaser and almost starts a fight, but Cherry who hates fights, but Cherry who hates fights prevents it. ponyboy come home at 2AM, and his oldest brother, Darrel is furious. They have a quarrel so big that Ponyboy runs away. Johnny decides to talk with him but then Bob and a few other come and try to drown him, Johnny pull out a knife and stabs bob in the chest, killing him.
They go all the way to Windrixville and find an abandoned church they hide in it for a few day, Dallas comes to check on them to a nearby restaurant and reveals that Bob's death has caused all war between the Soc and Greasers. When they come back the church is in flames.
They save the children from the flames by dropping them down the window, Ponyboy makes it out fine, but Johnny is severely injured, The deed they did prevents them from going to prison, but Johnny dies, The Greasers and the Sics all have a huge fight, Ponyboy gets a concussion but the Greasers still won
A few later. Ponyboy recovers from the physical and emotional trauma. He goes back to school.