In chapter two of The Outsiders, Pony, Johnny and Dally have gone to the drive-in. They meet Cherry and Marcia, and Pony and Johnny are smitten by the two girls. Dally, on the other hand, runs his mouth and shows how tough he is. Cherry is not impressed and says so. Dally keeps bothering the two girls, and Johnny speaks up and tells Dally to stop. Everyone is shocked that Johnny would stand up to Dally; he idolized Dally. After Dally leaves, Cherry invites Pony and Johnny to sit with them and makes a remark about how bad Dally is, but Johnny defends him:
"Dally's okay," Johnny said defensively and I nodded. You take up for your buddies, no matter what they do. When you're a gang, you stick up for the members. If you don't stick up for them, stick together, make like brothers, it isn't a gang anymore. It's a pack. A snarling, distrustful, bickering pack like the Socs in their social clubs or the street gangs in New York or the wolves in the timber. "He's tough, but he's a cool old guy."
Pony is trying to explain that in a gang you always stick together and have each other's backs no matter what. Little did Pony know that this was the night that would change everything in Pony's and Johnny's lives. The rule the Greasers had would be put to the ultimate test.