Plucky hobbit Bilbo Baggins, wise wizard Gandalf The Grey and the company of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield continue their perilous quest, encountering a shape-shifter called Beorn and a nest of giant spiders.
Cecil Gaines progresses through the ranks of various establishments until he achieves the position of butler in the White House. He remains politically neutral but clashes with his son Louis, who is strongly involved in the fight for civil rights.
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark return from the 74th Hunger Games to friends and family in District 12 as heroes. Celebrations are short-lived because Katniss and Peeta are required to embark on a tour of the districts.
Captain Richard Phillips kisses his wife Andrea goodbye and takes charge of his cargo vessel, the Maersk Alabama, bound for Mombasa. When Somali pirates board the vessel, Phillips conceals the crew below deck.