13 year old Bonnie Trivio of District 4 is sent to the 25th Hunger Games in place place of her best friend Alice. This year is the Quarter Quell which means that 2 girls and 2 boys will be sent from each district (48 tributes total).
Bonnie's sister, May, is very ill and cannot compete in the games very well. She is 17 and only has one more year left. Bonnie used to have a younger brother but he was attacked by a small shark and the poor healers were forced to remove one of his legs. A year later he was killed in the Hunger Games. Their mother and father dread the reaping day cause of the horrid memories. Only three things Bonnie's family can do: love, hope, and pray.