This classic coming of age story follows two rival gangs: the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, whose socioeconomic classes divide them. Fourteen-year-old Ponyboy is a sensitive Greaser who enjoys school. Parentless, he is well cared for by his wild and unruly brothers and their close-knit group of friends, who do their best to protect him from the everyday threat of the menacing Socs. When Ponyboy befriends a pretty Soc girl, the two begin to question the boundaries that separate them, but this friendship puts Ponyboy in danger. When the situation erupts in violence, life is changed forever for both the gangs.