Based on the best-selling novel by S. E. Hinton, the film takes place in rural Tulsa, Oklahoma in the '60's. Protagonist Ponyboy Curtis writes his story for English class about his friends and the adventures of the Greaser gang. The wealthy "Socs" lived on the West and wore madras shirts and rode Mustangs. On the East, resides the poor Greaser gang known for their long, greased hair. Ponyboy and his friend Johnny end up in a situation where they are surrounded by drunk Socs in a park. They almost drowned Ponyboy so Johnny had no choice but to kill Bob (the leader of the Socs). They run away and hid until there was news of a rumble. When they were hiding, they watched the sunset, and Ponyboy recited a poem known as "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost. Johnny deeply thinks about this poem and tells Ponyboy about the poem later on in the film and the story. On the way home, the church they were hiding in lit on fire and there were children inside. Johnny and Ponyboy quickly ran in to save the children, but johnny was severely burned and soon died in the hospital.Before dying, Johnny told Ponyboy to stay gold because he knew that Ponyboy has a whole life ahead of him and he should keep enjoying the innocence in his life. Dally (a member of the Greasers) made sure that he got shot by the police on purpose because he couldn't live without Johnny. Ponyboy soon receives comfort from his brothers and writes about the story known as the "Outsiders".