Katniss Everdeen is picked to represent her district, District 12, in the annual Hunger Games put on by the Capitol every year. The games force two teens from each District to fight to the death in a brutal games as it is watched on national television for sport.
Caesar Flickerman: So Peeta. Tell me. Is there a special girl back home? Peeta Mellark: No. No, not really. Caesar Flickerman: No? I don't believe it it for a second, look at that face! Handsome man like you! Peeta. Tell me. Peeta Mellark: Well, there, uh. There is this one girl that I've had a crush on forever. Caesar Flickerman: Well, I'll tell you what Peeta. You go out there, and you win this thing, and when you get home she'll have to go out with you! Peeta Mellark: Thanks, but I, uh. I don't think winning's gonna help me at all. Caesar Flickerman: And why not? Peeta Mellark: Because... she came here with me.