What are the important plot points in Rumble Fish by S. E. Hinton?
Susan E. Hinton's teen novel, Rumble Fish, deals with the gang violence that rules the life of young Rusty-James and, previously, his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy. The former leader of a Tulsa, Oklahoma gang, the Motorcycle Boy issues an edict that the violence must stop before he escapes the city by heading to California. However, Rusty-James--now the leader of a gang himself--has decided that fighting is a necessary evil between rival gangs. Once again coming to his brother's rescue, the Motorcycle Boy's sudden return to Tulsa comes just in time to save Rusty-James from severe injuries. The boys come from a broken home, their father is an alcoholic, and their mother has herself escaped to California. Rusty-James reveres his brother, but the Motorcyle Boy wants no part of his brother's adulation. Things go bad for both boys in the end: The Motorcycle Boy is killed by a policeman's bullet, and Rusty-James heads to a reformatory. The story ends with the now-free Rusty-James living in California, attempting to forget his past life.