During a 1950's summer, good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fall in love until Sandy has to return home to Australia at the end of summer. By a twist of fate, Sandy moves back to the US and unknowingly attends the same high school as Danny. When her new friends introduce her to him again, he acts cool for his friends and makes her angry. The whole movie goes back and forth between him getting her back, and then losing her again, all leading up to when Danny, and his gang the T-birds, consisting of Sonny, Putzie, and his best friend, Kinickie, race Kinickie's car against "Crater-Face" from a rival gang, whoever wins gets the loser's car. Can Danny win both the race and Sandy's heart?