After winning the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark return home to District 12, where President Snow visits Katniss at her home. The two make an agreement to not lie to one another, and Snow explains that her actions in the Games have inspired rebellions across the districts. He orders her to use the upcoming “victory tour” to convince them (and him) that her actions were out of genuine love for Peeta, not defiance against the Capitol, otherwise Katniss’s loved ones, and the whole District will be destroyed, “just like District 13”. He shows her the clip where Gale Hawthorne kisses her as a warning that they are watching her.
As the tour begins, Haymitch Abernathy, Katniss and Peeta’s mentor, warns them that the “show” of their relationship must continue for the rest of their lives. Katniss suggests a public engagement between herself and Peeta, which is carried out and approved by Snow at his mansion in the Capitol.
Returning home, Katniss warns Gale of Snow’s threat to kill both their families. Peacekeepers crack down on District 12, and Gale is publicly whipped after attacking new Head Peacekeeper Romulus Thread. Snow announces that the upcoming 75th Hunger Games, the Third Quarter Quell, will feature tributes selected from previous victors. Katniss immediately devotes herself to ensuring Peeta’s survival, and recruits Haymitch’s help to do so. At the reaping, Effie Trinket draws Katniss and Haymitch’s names, but Peeta immediately volunteers to take Haymitch’s place.
As they prepare, Haymitch reveals that all the tributes are angry about being returned to the Games and advises a reluctant Katniss to make allies. In the pre-Games interviews, Katniss wears a wedding dress, as ordered by President Snow, but her stylist Cinna rigs it to transform into a representation of a mockingjay. Peeta announces that he and Katniss have secretly married and are expecting a baby, which causes outrage, and the audience of Capitol citizens begins shouting for the Games to be stopped, to no avail. Just before Katniss enters the arena, Cinna is severely beaten by Peacekeepers, as punishment for the dress, and dragged away as Katniss watches helplessly.