We are introduced to Katniss as she hunts for food in the wilds of Appalachia. In District 12, where she lives, starvation kills on a daily basis. Only her wits and skills have kept her family alive so long. But a greater danger than hunger stalks the District. Every year, a boy and a girl from each district are chosen by lottery and sent to the Hunger Games, organized for the glory of the Capital and the humiliation of the Districts. The chosen teenagers fight to the death, and the final victor is rich and famous for the rest of their life. When Katniss's little sister Prim is chosen for the Hunger Games, she volunteers herself, instead.
A truly incredible book. The characters are fantastic; the world building solid and believable; the plot riveting.