"Nothing gold can stay."
S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders takes place in Oklahoma in the 1960s. A gang of rough teenagers—the Greasers—are constantly facing off against a rival group called the Socials. When lines begin to blur, fights begin to escalate until things are taken too far.
The title sequence consists of a series of rendered scenes which hint at various events in the story. The mood is conveyed through intensifying sound and color, relating to the classic idea of "staying gold."