Speaker for the Dead
Miro met Andrew Wiggin at his family's home. Though he did not trust the Speaker at first, he soon came to like him. The Pequeninos began to demand that Miro bring the Speaker of the Dead to them, which Ouanda Figueira, Miro's fellow xenologer, disapproved of. Eventually they decided to bring Andrew Wiggin to the Pequeninos, and told him that since Pipo Figueria's time, the xenologers of Lusitania had educated the aliens and provided them with certain advantages (such as the knowledge of how to make bread), an act forbidden by Starways Congress. When Starways Congress detected the interference with the natural cultural evolution of the Pequeninos, an order was sent to arrest Miro and Ouanda. Miro tried to force himself over the electric fence to avoid arrest by chewing capim, a grass that acted as a anesthetic for the Pequeninos but was mostly ineffectual for humans. As a result, he was handicapped. He suffered severe brain damage that left him unable to walk or speak normally. Eventually, Andrew Wiggin introduced him to the sentient AI Jane, who was intelligent and patient enough with him to serve as a sort of translator.
In order to get away from his family that he felt he was growing apart from, Miro volunteered to go on a starship that was sent to meet Valentine Wiggin. Due to the relativistic effects of near-lightspeed travel, his week-and-a-half trip was equivalent to 30 years in real time.
On the first trip to the Outside, Miro held the image of his pre-accident, healthy body in his mind; instantly leaving his former, crippled body to crumble into dust while he watched from his new body.