Ponyboy Curtis is a fourteen year old greaser living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a bright teenager who makes good grades at school and is a member of the track team. He loves to read, play football and go to the movies, which help him forget the troubles he has at home. Pony's parents were killed in a car crash, and he lives with his older brothers Darry and Sodapop. Pony is in constant conflict with Darry, who has been forced to take over as head of the household, and Pony resents the tight reins that Darry tries to maintain. Pony is sensitive and introspective, a dreamer who loves sunsets. Pony is a bit of a loner: His closest friends are mostly street toughs, such as Two-Bit Mathews and Dallas Winston; his best friend, however, is Johnny Cade, who is much like Pony and shares many of his interests. Pony has a few bad habits, like smoking cigarettes and making rash decisions. "You don't ever think," Darry often tells him, and his big brother wonders why the most intelligent of the three brothers has no "common sense."