Katniss Everdeen is one of the main characters of the series. She is sixteen years old at the beginning of the first book, and is portrayed as quiet, independent and fierce. Her looks are typical for someone from the Seam: long dark hair, olive skin, and grey eyes. She lives with her mother and her younger sister, Primrose, in District 12, a coal-mining district and one of the poorest districts of Panem. Food is scarce in District 12 and Katniss hunts illegally to feed her family and to supplement their meager income. Five years before Katniss became a tribute in The Hunger Games, her father was killed in a mining explosion, and her mother fell into a very deep depression. She does not start trusting her mother again until the events of Catching Fire. She became hunting partners and best friends with Gale Hawthorne, who is also from the Seam and whose father was killed in the same mining accident as Katniss's. He later confesses his love for her. She has an excellent talent in hunting with a bow and arrow.