The initial storyline I had thought of started off with the following
explanation, given to our hero by the local police chief.
CHIEF: They've stolen π. Our prime suspects are 11, 19 and 23.
I quickly realized that turning the search for π into the main plot
would cause many of the mathematical allusions to seem detached.
Despite the tingling idea of having the witnesses help with drawing a
composite of the prime suspects, it would have turned into too much
of a detective story.
Instead, I opted for our hero to spend his time searching for "The Book."
"The Book" is the famous mathematician's, Paul Erdös', notion of a volume
written by God, which contains the most elegant and sublime of proofs of
mathematical theorems. This way, plot advances can "excuse" the
presentation of accompanying mathematical concepts.
A conversation between God's messenger and our dreaming hero.
???: Math is a tricky business.
HERO: Huh? Who the devil is this?
???: I am a dwarf. I am God's Instant Messenger (Limited Edition), Gimle.
HERO: What is it you want? You're interrupting what could be an otherwise
monumentally productive dream, you know!
GIMLE: God has sent me to find a brave and fearless adventurer...but
they were all too busy adventuring-it-up, so here I am ::WINK::
GIMLE: As you may or probably may not be aware, God keeps a book of
proofs - a book of perfect proofs - of all the important mathematical
theorems ::DRAMATIC DRUMBEAT::
GIMLE: The bad news is that...<<religious censorship>>...and now some of
its pages are missing. For Christ's sake, you must find them!
HERO: Yup, will do. Now that we're finished with the background to the plot,
could you please put Pamela And...err.., Friedrich Gauss back on?
GIMLE exits (in a puff of white cloud and memory deallocation).
HERO: Oh yeah, Friedrich...Hrrr...