Marie Godsell, aged 13, has been picked at her yearly reaping and is now destined to die in the 61st annual Hunger Games. Her life has had a few ups but the majority being terribly down. With the death of her parents at an early age Maria had to learn to survive on her own for a while. But when she meets Alex she thought her life was for the up. But will she be able to survive the games and return to who she loves?