After an ex-girlfriend informs him she's pregnant, Soda is conflicted between a desire for escape and protectiveness towards the girl. Dejected by the lack of attention from Ponyboy, Scout is drawn to new admirer, from a different crowd.
Attempting separation from Gregg, Cherry leaves an opening for Ponyboy to ask her to the school dance. Ponyboy catches the eye of a drifter girl, while on a fishing trip with Buck and Darry. The North Side Greaser band makes their debut.
Pony struggles between gang loyalty and doing what is right. First with Tim, then an escaped convict pressing him for help. Darry is frustrated by Pony's inexplicable actions. Police suspect Tim as the accomplice.
An overnight babysitting favor for a friend develops into a major disruption in the Curtis household, when the father doesn't return. Scorned at home, Two-Bit finds the father he never knew in a neighboring town.