The audience is introduced to the Greasers and the Socials. Their social statuses and enemy relationships are made clear as they constantly fight
One night, When the Socs are jumping Pony and Johnny, Johnny murders Bob and boys are forced to flee to an abandoned church.
One night, they return to see the church on fire with little kids stuck inside. With the guilt of them being the possible reason for the fire, Pony and Johnny run in the save the kids and just make it out, with Johnny sustaining a terrible back injury
Whilst Johnny is in hospital, the Greasers and Socs have a huge rumble, which sees the Greasers to be victorious and the Socs to leave their territory.
Dally and Pony visit Johnny after the rumble. They tell Johnny how proud they are of him and watch as he passes away.
Pony begins to write a story for English about his life and Johnny. His story begins the same as chapter one.