Ponyboy gets out of the cinema and starts to walk home. Pony is very good at school, but he never uses his head outside that building. His parents died, and now he lives alone with Darry and Soda, his brothers. He is in a gang called Greasers; they wear their hair long and dress in jeans and T-shirts. Suddenly four Socs (the other gang from Southwest Dallas) are crossing his way, knocking him down and scratching his face with a knife. But before they can do more, Darry and Soda and the whole gang comes. The Socs run away and Pony is helped. In the gang there are his two brothers, Two-Bit Mathews (the oldest and funniest guy), Dally Winston (from New York, the toughest, coolest and meanest guy) and Johnny Cade (a young small boy that has also been beaten by Socs once; since that event he always wears a blade with him). This evening they go to a drive-in cinema. There they meet two socy girls, Marcia and Cherry. Dally first annoys them, but then Johnny and Pony send him off and when Two-Bit comes they talk with the girls nicely. Suddenly a blue Mustang passes and two Socs get out. They are drunk and want a fight, but Cherry can convince them to drive Marcia and her home. Its half past two and Pony goes home. Darry is still waiting for him. After he yelled at Pony and kicked him, Ponyboy runs away from home and meets Johnny in the street. They decide to walk down to the park to cool off. There five Socs catch them and one shoves Ponys face into a fountain. He thinks of drowning, but Johnny draws his switch-blade and kills the Soc while the others run away. Now Pony and Johnny dont know what to do, so they run to Dally to ask him for an advice. He gives them a gun and 50 $ and tells them the way to an old church in the country where they should go to. The next morning Johnny gets some supplies and the text of Gone with the wind to pass the time. After a few days Dally comes with a letter of Soda. They drive to town to eat something and Dally tells them that they now have a spy, Cherry the Soc.
Johnny decides to go to the police, but first they drive up to the church again. When they arrive, the church is on fire and some children that were playing there, are still inside. Pony and Johnny run inside to rescue them, because they think that they burned the building unintentionally. They can save every child, but Pony has burns and Johnny a broken back. While the ambulance brings both to the hospital Pony tells Jerry, the teacher of the pupils, his whole story. When Soda and Darry arrive, Pony has been checked; hes okay and Dally has also not been hurt so badly, but Johnny is in a critical condition. Now the brothers go home and Ponyboy is welcomed by his friends. The next day he and Two-Bit go to the hospital to visit the injured. On the way they meet Randy, who was the best friend of Bob, the killed Soc.
He just tells them that he wont come to the rumble that is set tonight at 7 oclock. First they visit Johnny. He will not be able ...
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